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September 17, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 23

COMMENTARY

America remembers

On the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11, millions of Americans from across the country reflected on the horrible experiences of that day that forever changed our lives in America.

The many observances and memorial services were a chance to remind all of us the United States of American remains a strong nation despite the effort of our enemies to harm us. President Obama gave this message as he and the First Lady laid a white floral wreath at the Pentagon above a concrete slab that said “Sept. 11, 2001 — 9:37 a.m.”

“Our country is safer and our people are resilient,” the President said.

This year on September 11, as in past years on the date, other citizens gathered at the World Trade Center site in New York and at the Pentagon to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks.

But there were lesser known memorial services as well in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

In Bristol, students of St. Anne Catholic School gathered to recall the tragedy and focus on the victims. A photo of the event can be found on Around page in this issue of The Catholic Virginian.

Employees of Bon Secours Richmond Health System at the Windsor Park office gathered early in the morning at the flag pole and watched as the American flag was lowered to half staff. There was a moment of silence and the laying of a memorial wreath. Students of Benedictine College Preparatory who have formed the Pipers played bagpipes during the ceremony.

Americans would do well to keep our men and women in the armed services, as well as their families, in our thoughts and prayers, as they continue to give of themselves to keep our country free.

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