Community Pulls Together in a Show of Solidarity With a Shaken Nation

Jennifer Bernardo
El Vaquero Editor-in-Chief

Although the city and California was not a target of terrorist attacks on Tuesday, citizens reeled as they come to grips with the surreal events.

Glendale City Hall cancelled all council meetings on Tuesday and held two emergency meeting instead to alert city employees of emergency measures that were to be taken, said Vicki Gardner, assistant public information officer.

Gardner said that additional police officers were patrolling the streets to help ease everyone’s minds. Although the city has called off emergency measures, the police and fire departments are in constant contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

On Wednesday, City Hall observed a moment of silence for all people affected by the tragedy and today a fund collection was started among city employees for the victims of the tragedy.

“The city is in a state of readiness,” said Gardner. Currently, police and fire departments are in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

City Hall is holding a memorial vigil at the Parcher/Perkins Plaza on Friday at 7 p.m. People are asked to gather by 6:30 p.m. and will have access to free parking in the Civic Garage on Wilson Street.

Gardner said that there will be a brief program, followed by a lighting of candles and a short march around City Hall.

“We want as many people to attend as possible,” said Gardner, “so that we can help each other deal with the sense of helplessness that we are all going through.”

City officials have agreed to fly nearly 350 American flags along city streets and the flags at city facilities continue to fly at half-staff in a show of solidarity and support.

Churches in the community will be holding various services in light of the recent events, as well. St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church on Central Avenue is holding a requiem service at 12:30 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church on Lomita Ave. will have a special Mass at 11 a.m., and First Baptist Church on Wilson Ave. will be opening its doors at noon tomorrow.

People are still coming by the hundreds to the American Red Cross on Brand Blvd. to donate blood.

Emergency Services public information officer Carvel Gay said that approximately 500 people came on Tuesday to donate blood at Glendale Adventist Hospital, and 186 units of blood was collected.

There is currently a two-hour wait at the American Red Cross on Brand as people continuously come to donate blood.

Carvel said they had an average of two hundred people come Wednesday.