Remembering 9/11 at the LCCC Walk of Honor
NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
On this day in 2001, al-Qaeda militants hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against the United States. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, the third hit the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.
Nearly three thousand people were killed.
Luzerne County Community College commemorated this historic day with a ceremony at their Walk of Honor, a memorial is dedicated to first responders who've lost their lives. The idea originated from Mrs. Phyllis Carlo of Wanamie, who wanted to honor her son, Michael Scott Carlo, a New York Fire Department Firefighter who lost his life saving others at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.
"On that tragic day, when close to 3,000 innocent people lost their lives, our country was forever changed," said LCC President Thomas P. Leary. "In a sense, we lost our innocence as we realized that we are not immune to the mass violence and senseless killings that we previously believed only happened somewhere else."
"Confusion, then fear, horror, outrage, anger, then resolve, then determination, then courage to fight back," said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne).
"Our country may face many challenges, and there is much that divides us, but on the anniversary of 9/11, we mourn together as one nation under God," said Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon).
"The amazing heroism of our country's first responders: running into the burning buildings, combing through the rubble, looking for survivors, comforting one another in what was an unprecedented tragedy," said Rep. Pashinski.
"Lord, help us to root our from our lives and our society and our world any hate that causes such division among us," said Rev. James Nash of St. Faustina Parish in Nanticoke.
"As Americans, we will never bow to the terrorist hand, we will never allow fear and hate to rule this world," said Senator Yudichak.