Mayor Views Pentagon Banner, Says America Has Changed
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2002 Mayor Mary Manross of Scottsdale, Ariz., looked proudly today at a banner from her city that hangs in the Pentagon. She said Scottsdale's gesture was motivated by a desire to "do something" in the days after the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Manross, in town for meetings of the National League of Cities, said the attacks in New York and on the Pentagon changed everything, even for cities far away from the scenes.
Mayor Mary Manross of Scottsdale, Ariz., visits the Pentagon corridor where hangs a banner signed and sent by well-wishers in the Phoenix suburb. Photo by Jim Garamone.
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Speaking personally, she said, the attacks changed the way Americans relate with their families and each other. "Speaking as the mayor, I can tell you it has changed the way our city operates," she said. "We've had some changes in priorities. We're really trying to plan ahead, because the technologies will be far more sophisticated in the future."
She said cities have come to realize that they are going to have to "sacrifice other things to ensure our safety and to work regionally and statewide and nationally."
Security has become a concern of residents of Scottsdale, located near Phoenix, in a way not contemplated before the attacks. There are millions of people in the area, and there are a number of military bases nearby.
"The largest nuclear power plant in the world is in the desert west of us, so we have to be cognizant of that security, too," she said.
The banner, hanging in Corridor 9 of the Pentagon, is one tangible result of the change in America, Manross said. "Two days after the 11th, our community was distraught and upset like the rest of the country," she said.
The city held a meeting at the Scottsdale Stadium. "People only had 24 hours' notice that it was happening, but we had thousands of people come to the ball field," she continued. "People came to pray together to get some comfort from one another. Out on the baseball field, we had people signing the banners.
"We wanted to send the message here that folks are not forgotten and that everybody cares and everybody is praying for them."