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St. Louisans note Katrina amid 9/11 anniversary ceremonies

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A number of ceremonies were held across the St. Louis region to mark the four-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

But this year, few could escape the parallels between that day and the nation's worst natural disaster.

Wood River, Illinois is home to the Army's 1008th Quartermaster Company. That's where soldiers remembered 9/11 beneath an American flag that flew over the Pentagon on the first anniversary of the attack. Commanding Officer Captain James Mulvehill says the current Katrina relief effort is reminiscent of New York City four years ago: "We've seen not only a joint task force of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine forces but local law enforcement and firefighters from all over the country are pitching in to help out and lend a hand."

Civic leaders in Wood River say they're overwhelmed by their community's outpouring of support for victims of Hurricane Katrina. "It's been overwhelming," said Wood River councilwoman Cheryl McGuire. "People adopting families, ministering to them not just once, not just twice, but what can I do in six months and 12 months from now."

Last week, the nearby Alton Mental Health Center took in nearly 200 hurricane evacuees.

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