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Solemn 9/11 Remembrance at Perkiomen Post #184
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
2021-09-15

            The Sons of the American Legion Post 184 held their annual 9/11 observance on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the terrorist attacks on the United States.

            The annual motorcycle ride began at 8 a.m. in Quakertown and finished at Post 184 in Palm. Emergency medical services and fire departments from local communities also gathered to remember and honor those who lost their lives.

            A beautiful, peaceful breeze enveloped those attending as everyone gathered around the artifact from the fallen World Trade Center at Post 184. A mournful tone fell over the crowd as the service began.

            An invocation was recited by Rev. James Roth, words of praise and peace were recited in the names of those who lost their lives and for the rescue workers battling health issues from toxic chemicals emitted from the sites.  "We all remember where we were on that day," said Rev. Roth.

            Post Commander Cary Anderson gave a heartfelt introduction honoring the fallen. He mentioned the bravery of the passengers that took down the plane in Shanksville and the current events in Afghanistan. Anderson said, "We cannot judge a man's soul. Only God can do that… However, we can arrange the meeting."

            A quiet solemn energy fell over the crowd during the traditional playing of taps and the emotional final salute to all veterans and to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.

            Speeches were given by Senator Bob Mensch, State Representative Milou Mckenzie and former Pennsburg mayor Vicki Lightcap.

            Senator Mensch remarked on how terrorist attacks impact society on multiple levels including psychologically. He thanked all service members and talked about the current events in Afghanistan. "Theme for today: Let us never forget," said Mensch.

            Mckenzie and Lightcap spoke of remembering innocent victims and their families, words of love and peace and blessings to the United States of America.

            As the ceremony came to a close, Jack Seasholtz gave final words to commemorate the event before attendees made their way into the American Legion building.

            As people were going about their day, walking on Route 29 with flags adorning his backpack, was a combat veteran on one of his memorial hikes.

            Every year during major holidays and events, Craig, a local veteran and Pennsburg resident, walks from Hickory Park on Route 73, down Route 100, to Route 29. Craig is a Marine who served from 2001-2012.

            His memorial hike is to honor the men and women he served with during his military career.  When we stopped Craig in front of the Carriage House, he was on his final stretch of his hike.

            Annual ceremonies and events such as these are important for the healing of people and a nation. It brings people together, eases psychological wounds and assists fallen souls to find peace as they have transitioned from this life to the next.

            May we never forget.


 

 

 

 

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