Mullery: We Must Ensure Memory Of 9/11 Endures
NANTICOKE — State Rep. Gerald Mullery looked into the crowd of Luzerne County Community College students on Tuesday and noted some of them might not have been alive when the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks occurred.
They certainly were too young to recall that fateful day, he said.
It’s the job of those who painfully watched the events of Sept. 11 to remind the younger generation of the impact it made in the course of American history, Mullery said.
“It is up to us to ensure that the memory of 9/11 does not remain only words and pictures of another time,” Mullery said. “I hope we are able to share with future generations the valor of thousands of people in the face of calamity.”
Dozens gathered Tuesday morning at the Walk of Honor at the LCCC Public Safety Training Institute for the school’s annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony.
The Walk of Honor, which includes of piece of World Trade Center steel and two concrete columns that resembles the Twin Towers, is a “permanent legacy” to the victims, LCCC President Tom Leary said.
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said the national tragedy brought tremendous unity.
“I hope we remember how we came together, not as Democrats and Republicans, not as liberals and conservatives, but as Americans,” Pashinski said.
Nanticoke Fire Chief Kevin Hazleton saluted the first responders in New York City who rushed into the burning towers.
He noted there is a “distinct feeling” you have as a firefighter a few times in your career when you know a call is “going to be different.”
“They had that feeling but they went ahead anyway,” Hazleton said.
Douglas White, 44, the president of LCCC’s student government, said he was working at the airport in Cleveland, Ohio, during Sept. 11. He was soon tasked with evacuating passengers.
White, of Plymouth Twp., who served in the Army from 1992 to 2000, moved to the area six years ago.
As an older college student, he likes being able to educate his classmates about a significant event like Sept. 11, which they do not recall.
“We need events like this so they could feel the impact it had on America,” White said.
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