Tallmadge -- The city of Tallmadge's annual 24-hour candlelight vigil commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001, drew a larger crowd this year.
FireMedic Jeff Quick said although attendance at the memorial at Tallmadge Circle Park wasn't recorded, it seemed as though more people showed in the morning to set out the candles, attend the invocation and light the candles afterward and came around dusk when the city turned off some of the lights at the park so that the candles' glow illuminated the Circle.
About 50 volunteers worked together that morning to line the sidewalks and other areas of the park with the candles to signify the morning attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn. This was the most volunteers the Fire Department has had since it started the memorial in 2003, Quick said.
He estimated 200 people were at the memorial from 9 to 10 p.m. A bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" and "Going Home," songs bagpipers commonly play at funeral services for firefighters who have died.
"That many people who showed up at night shows that people in Tallmadge are still remembering [Sept. 11, 2001]," he said.
Quick said traffic backed up on the Circle as drivers grabbed glimpses of the park. On at least two occasions, police closed the roads that lead to and from the Circle so traffic could exit. No major accidents or incidents were reported because of the congestion, he said.
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