Tragedy of 9-11 spawned positive cooperation in Cache Valley

The 13th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks was marked with numerous ceremonies across the country on Thursday and Americans paused to honor the estimated 3,000 people killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Most people remember where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the attacks, including former Logan Mayor Doug Thompson. On <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a>, Thompson said everyone at City Hall felt the city should do something.

“We thought that maybe getting a group together to reduce the tensions,” Thompson said, “and then, I don’t know who had the idea, but in order to maybe bring the community together to give us a chance to grieve and mourn together and have some release to the horrors that we were feeling in our hearts at that time that we decided to see if we could have an ecumenical service.”

Thompson said civic and religious leaders united and a large public gathering was held three days later in the Ellen Eccles Theatre. He said it was a marvelous evening and everyone experienced a feeling of brotherly love.

Thompson said fortunately the cooperation continued and before long the inter-faith Cache Community Connections was formed.

Dean Quayle was serving as a Stake President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in charge of regional public relations back in 2001. On KVNU’s Crosstalk program, Quayle said the tragic event brought people and churches together and led to the formation of Cache Community Connections which sponsors the popular Logan Tabernacle Concert and Lecture Series.

He said in 2004 the CCC helped raise funds for seating space in the chapel of the Cache County Jail. It was done after Sheriff Lynn Nelson expressed a need.

“It did come to pass and they are very nice,” Quayle explained. “I think a year ago or so I was touring the jail and the spaces were still in place. They are dedicated chapel facilities. We had a dedication ceremony.”

Quayle said when there was an immigration raid in Hyrum in 2006 the organization raised money to help keep the Multi-Cultural Center open to assist families affected. One of the annual events hosted by Cache Community Connections is the inter-faith Thanksgiving program in the Tabernacle.

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