SUMMIT COUNTY - A mountain of emotion tumbled down on Americans when terrorists attacked the the United States Sept. 11, 2001. Kurt Kizer and about 40 other locals placed a flag at the summit of Peak 1 five days after the tragedy to deal with their grief.
Kizer organized the hike because he wanted to do something productive - and something physical - to help himself and others.
"I believe that it was the single most wonderful community event that I've ever experienced," Dillon resident and hiker Joe Evankovich said. "I believe something like that can stay with you. Before that hike, I was thinking of leaving Summit County because of its transient nature. Now, I'm staying. Every day, I make a conscious decision to be involved in my community."
Today, Kizer, along with at least 60 other hikers, will replace the flag, now tattered, in remembrance of the victims of 9-11. Like others today, the hikers will come together to share thoughts and feelings on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks.