I rewrote the original since some issues have been settled. The mission statement will not be settled in one draft, so please write your own and we can address all the issues we wish to include.
“On September 11th, 2001 the consciousness of United States of America was inexorably altered by an unprovoked and unconscionable act of terrorism so far reaching in its scope, that our country will not soon heal from this wound so brutally inflicted upon us by a senseless act of barbarism. Thousands of innocent lives were lost in a fleeting moment as families only now try to piece together their shattered lives and return to some semblance of normalcy.
We in the hiking community would like to honor those fallen heroes by flying the American flag atop of all four thousand foot and greater mountains in New Hampshire next September 14th, in conjunction with the observance of National Remembrance Day. In some small way, we hope our act of commemoration will bring some level of comfort to the families whose loss is beyond comprehension and whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
[ This Message was edited by: RJ on 2001-10-02 08:39 ]