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Pennsylvanians commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

On Saturday, Pennsylvanians across the state gathered at various ceremonies to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

One such commemorative event was held at the Washington Memorial Church in Valley Forge National Historical Park. This memorial service is to pay tribute to Louis J. Nacque II, who was buried in the churchyard.

Nacke, the director of the Kay-Bee Toys distribution center, was on board when United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked. Before the plane crashed in an open space in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, he and other passengers faced off with the hijacker.

Forty passengers and crew died, and four hijackers were also killed.

Civilians prevent the aircraft from being used as a weapon against the White House or the U.S. Capitol.

Throughout the ceremony, the church carillon rang the Boden Bell for two minutes to commemorate the moment when each hijacked plane hit the Petronas Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93: 8:46 in the morning (South Tower); in the morning 9:03 (North Tower); 9:37 am (Pentagon Building); 9:59 am (South Tower collapsed); 10:03 am (Flight 93); 10:28 am (North Tower collapsed).

The commemoration will be held on September 11, 2021 at the Washington Memorial Church in Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania. The hero of Flight 93, Louis J. Nake II, is buried in the church cemetery. (Frank Liang/The Epoch Times)

After the ceremony, people prayed for the 9/11 victims and those who died recently in Afghanistan.

The ceremony is to give people “an opportunity to grieve and remember that sad day” and continue to “remember, pray for the souls of those who died, their families, and the countries that continue to mourn after those terrible events,” Washington Memorial Church Said the principal, Father Tommy Thompson.

Father Thompson told The Epoch Times: “Every year when we remember this, it invites us not to take the freedom and freedom we have for granted.” “This allows us to look at each other better than before and love each other. And keep important things close to us.”

Later that day, RightForBucks, an organization advocating prosperity, freedom, and safety for the people of Bucks County, hosted a special event at the Cactus Grill in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. They commemorated 9/11 through speeches, dinners and band performances.

On September 11, 2021, David Christian, the co-founder and veteran of the US Vietnam War veteran, gave a speech at the RightForBucks 9/11 event. (William Huang/The Epoch Times)

David Christian, a veteran and co-founder of the United States Vietnam Veterans Organization, said that terrorism cannot frighten him because he is American. He called on Americans to “side by side” in difficult times.

“After 9/11, the entire Congress gathered together. The entire Congress stood under one banner. They held a banner. Together they swore the oath of allegiance. Together they sang God Bless America,” Christian told The Epoch Times.

“After 9/11, we are no longer Democrats and Republicans. We are Americans. We are Americans today. We will be Americans tomorrow, and Americans will come together. So, I will bleed for you, mine Brother, you will bleed for me to defend this country and defend these freedoms,” he said.

Also attending the event was Charles Strange, Michael Strange’s Venus father, and Michael Strange, a member of the Sixth SEAL team, executed the killing on May 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden’s mission. A few months later, Michael and 37 others were killed in Afghanistan. When the Taliban shot down their Chinook helicopters, men including other members of SEAL Team 6.

“When my son died in the Middle East, I lost a piece of my heart,” Strange told The Epoch Times. “What these terrorists are doing in the Middle East is frightening.”

He thanked the country’s army, police and first responders.

“Imagine how bad it would be without them,” Strange said. “We support each other, just like my son and men help each other… Thank God, we got these young men and women [who] Still join our army. “

Former Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Rick Saccone (Rick Saccone) said that regardless of political party or philosophy, many people also regard the commemoration of 9/11 as a moment to unite the nation.

“When we think of a day like 9/11, we hope that this will be a bridge for us to say again, let us put all our political differences temporarily, and remember what brought us together,” retired Sacone Say. US Air Force officer, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania.

“What we have in common is that we are Americans, and we should believe that these fundamental freedoms are fundamental constitutional rights. Let’s go back to that question. Let’s restart that conversation,” he said.

Saccone said that commemorating 9/11 is very important and must be taught to “our children and grandchildren” so that they understand its importance.

“We have to keep it alive, because for them, they have no memory,” he added.

Frank Liang

William Huang


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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