Pennsylvanians across the state came together in various celebrations on Saturday to commemorate those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks 20 years ago.
One such event was held at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park. This remembrance service inspired Louis J. Nake II, who is buried in the chapel’s cemetery.
Nake, director of K-B Toys’ distribution center, was on board United Airlines Flight 93 when he was hijacked. He confronted the hijackers with other passengers before the plane crashed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Forty passengers and crew members died, as did the four hijackers.
Civilians barred the plane from being used as a weapon against the White House or the US Capitol.
Throughout the ceremony, Chappelle’s Carillon rang his Bourdon bell for two minutes, to remember the moments when each hijacked plane struck the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and when Flight 93 fatally crashed: 8: 46 AM (South Tower); 9:03 am (North Tower); 9:37 a.m. (Pentagon); 9:59 am (South Tower collapse); 10:03 am (Flight 93); 10:28 am (North Tower collapse).
After the service, prayers were offered for both the 9/11 victims and those recently killed in Afghanistan.
The ceremony was to give people “an opportunity to grieve and remember that tragic day”, and to “remember, pray for the souls of those who died, their families and a nation that continues to grieve after those horrific events.” Keeps,” had to continue. Father Tommy Thompson, rector of the Washington Memorial Chapel.
Father Thompson told The Epoch Times, “Every year when we remember it, it invites us not to take the freedom and independence that we have.” “It has enabled us to see each other better than before and to love each other and capture the things that are closer to us.”
Later that day, RightForbucks, an organization advocating for the prosperity, freedom, and security of the people of Bucks County, held a special event at the Cactus Grill in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. He honored 9/11 with speeches, dinners and band performances.
David Christian, co-founder of Vietnam Veterans of America, said terrorism cannot scare him because he is an American. He called on Americans to “stand shoulder to shoulder” during difficult times.
He said, ‘After 9/11, the entire Congress came together. The entire Congress was standing under one flag. They used to carry a flag. They vowed allegiance together. They sang God Bless America together,” Christian told The Epoch Times.
“We weren’t Democrats and Republicans after 9/11. We were Americans. We are Americans today. We are Americans tomorrow, and Americans will come together. Therefore, I will shed blood for you, my brother, and you will be of this country for me.” You will shed blood in protecting and defending these liberties,” he said.
Also on the show was Charles Strange, the Goldstar father of Michael Strange, a member of SEAL Team Six, who carried out the mission to kill Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. Several months later Michael was executed along with 37 others in Afghanistan. The men, including other members of SEAL Team Six, when the Taliban shot down their Chinook helicopter.
“I lost a piece of my heart when my son died in the Middle East,” Strange told The Epoch Times. “What these terrorists did to the Middle East is appalling.”
He was grateful to the country’s army, police and first responders.
“Imagine how bad it would be without them,” Strange said. “We pat each other’s back, we help each other like our sons and men … thank God, we got these young men and women [who] Join our army now. “
Rick Saccone, former of the State House of Representatives in Pennsylvania, said the 9/11 commemoration is also seen by many as a moment that brings the nation together, regardless of political party or philosophy.
“When we think of days like 9/11, hopefully, this will be a bridge for us to say once again, let’s put aside all our political differences for a moment and remember what we brings along,” said Saccone, who is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, and lieutenant government candidate for Pennsylvania.
“Our shared premise is that we are Americans, we should treat those basic freedoms as basic constitutional rights. And let’s go back to that. Let’s start that conversation again,” he said.
Saccone said that remembering 9/11 is important and that it should be taught to “our children and grandchildren” so that they understand its importance.
“We have to keep it alive, because they have no memory of it,” he said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times