“A Time to Remember and to Reflect”
Commissioners Join Public Safety Community to Host 11th Anniversary Tribute to Sept. 11, 2001 Victims
As a giant American Flag dangled from a Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 engine and members of Bucks County’s public safety community stood at uniformed attention in the Courthouse Memorial Courtyard, Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, and Charles H. Martin honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.
The list of those remembered beneath piercing sunshine in the Doylestown Courthouse Memorial Courtyard included the 18 Bucks Countians who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and 19 Bucks County armed service heroes who subsequently perished during the ongoing War on Terror. Chairman Loughery requested a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment when American Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
“This morning, as we pause to remember those we lost more than decade ago, we also honor our local and regional first-responder community,” Chairman Loughery told ceremony attendees. “I’ve had an opportunity to work with them in the last year and a half. We know on that day 11 years ago, the men and women of New York City didn’t think of themselves. They thought about the greater good. I want to thank those men and women who protect us here in this county, who do so through a desire, a passion, a calling to keep us safe every day.”
Chairman Loughery also read each of the 18 names of the Bucks Countians who passed away on Sept. 11, 2001, asking all present to “keep them and their families in your prayers.”
Commissioner Martin, wearing a silver 9-11 lapel pin, followed him to the podium to read the 19 names of Bucks County’s fallen soldiers in the War on Terror, all of whom are honored on the “Hometown Heroes” banners ringing the courtyard. “I think it’s extremely important that we never forget the events that happened 11 years ago this morning,’ he stated. Commissioner Martin also thanked the Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 for raising the enormous American Flag, as well as Irish Thunder Band Bagpiper Tom Roberts and the Central Bucks West High School Choir.
In concluding his remarks, Commissioner Martin quoted President John F. Kennedy from his book, Profiles in Courage: “The stories of past courage can define that ingredient—they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot provide courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.” Commissioner Martin added, “A lot of people looked into their souls on September 11 and, hopefully, every day since then.”
The keynote address was presented by Tom Minton, a Bucks County resident who is the director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He recalled the Manhattan skyline and the perfect blue sky he saw from his Newark FBI office on the morning of September 11, 2001. “Of course, perfect moments can change without warning,” Mr. Minton noted. “We have no idea, really, what tomorrow will hold. Perhaps, like today, we’ll have the opportunity to be with our loved ones, those we hold dear. Perhaps not. One lesson we learn by commemorating that most fateful of days is that we can never know what the future holds for us, for those we love, for our country, and for the world.” Mr. Minton urged attendees to enjoy all the gifts of life.
The colors were presented by the Dept. of Corrections Honor Guard, consisting of Bucks County Correctional Facility Lt. John Mannarino, Sgt. Gregory Vingless, and Corrections Officers Alex Perez, Robert Kubek and James H. Nottingham. The invocation was delivered by the Rev. Eugene Miller of Dublin’s Living Hope Church. The National Anthem was performed a capella by the Central Bucks West High School Choir.
The 18 Bucks Countians who perished during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
|Michael A. Bane – Yardley ||Lorraine Bay – Langhorne |
|James P. Berger – Lower Makefield ||Jeffrey M. Chairnoff – Lower Makefield |
|Peter Chirchirillo – Langhorne ||William R. Godshalk – Lower Makefield |
|Donald G. Havlish, Jr. – Yardley ||Donald W. Jones – Fairless Hills |
|William H. Kelly, Jr. – Lower Makefield ||Joseph Lostrangio – Langhorne |
|Louis Nacke – New Hope ||Joshua Reiss – Lower Makefield |
|John Michael Rodak- Southampton ||Victor Saracini – Yardley |
|Larry Senko – Lower Makefield ||Barbara A. Shaw - Bensalem |
|William Steiner – Lower Makefield ||Sandra Wright – Langhorne |
The 19 Bucks County “Hometown Heroes who have been killed
during the ongoing War on Terror:
|Kristofor T. Stonesifer, Oct. 19, 2001 ||Patrick R. Nixon, March 23, 2003 |
|William J. Maher, III, July 28, 2003 ||Brian R. Faunce, Sept. 18, 2003 |
|Tamarra J. Ramos, Oct. 1, 2003 ||Maurice J. Johnson, Nov. 1, 2003 |
|Edward W. Brabazon, March 9, 2004 ||Barton R. Humlhanz, Aug. 26, 2004 |
|Robert T. Mininger, June 6, 2005 ||Kurt E. Krout, Aug. 6, 2005 |
|Nathaniel E. DeTample, Aug. 9, 2005 ||Jae S. Moon, Dec. 25, 2006 |
|Travis L. Manion, April 29, 2007 ||Colby J. Umbrell, May 3, 2007 |
|Robert H. Dembowski, May 24, 2007 ||Allen J. Dunckley, May 25, 2007 |
|Shawn M. Suzch, Hilltown, May 10, 2008 ||Mark C. Baum, Feb. 21, 2009 |
|Kenneth B. Elwell, July 17, 2011 || |