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  •  9/11 remembered; Osterberg: don’t take life for granted

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  • News Eagle reporterUnited States of America’s Men and women, veterans and non, joined together Tuesday morning in Milford to commemorate the victims of the terrorists attacks that took place 12 years ago, on Sept. 11 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A World War II nurse, Sonia Gatzke of Milford, first created the Sept. 11 ceremony 10 years again when she was serving as commander of VFW 8612.?Robert Gallagher - Adjutant of VFW Post 8612 spoke of the clear, sunny morning 11 years ago, when “19 suicidal and now infamous Muslim hijackers” seized the four planes that crashed, killing all on board as well as the victims who were on the ground. Gallagher called the terrorists actions, “cowardly” and were “clearly outside the established rules of land warfare,” that are not normal of “civilized nations.”?Because of Sept. 11, Gallaher said the lifestyles of everyone in the world, has changed. Recognizing the victims of Sept. 11, Gallagher said people must also recognize those people who put their lives on the line everyday in the United States, as well as those who are still fighting in the armed forces and are stationed around the world, in combat zones in the Middle East. Of those who fought and ultimately sacrificed their lives, Gallagher said that we should never forget the events of 911 and the impact and dramatic change that everyone experienced because of the terrorists attacks.?Pike County Commissioner, Matt Osterberg was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Osterberg said everyone could recall where they were, when they first heard of the terrorists attacks 11 years ago, this day. He said people were “frozen in time,” just as “our parents” were when they heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It happened almost as if it was yesterday, he said, when we “stood with terror in our hearts,” unsure of what would happen in the future.?Because of the terrorists, “monuments of our nation crumbled” and “in a flash, 3,000 of our citizens perished” he added. People questioned ‘why were our principles of freedom attacked?’ Osterberg asked. Quoting President Kennedy, Osterberg said ‘A nation reveals itself, not only by the citizens it produces, but also by the citizens it honors and its citizens it remembers.’ Which, was done today, when the victims of Sept. 11 2001 were remembered and honored. As the fighting continues on today, as men and women continue to put their lives on the line, to protect Americans’ freedoms, Osterberg said people need to remember those who have sacrificed themselves and not take life for granted.?Today, Osterberg said, “we fan the flames of freedom and liberty” because on Sept. 11 2001, “terrorists attempted to extinguish those flames.” But, he added, as a nation, we knew “that if we stood tall, that no one could destroy our freedoms and the flames of our liberties have only grown taller.”?The Veterans of Foreign Wars gave Osterberg a certificate recognizing his services for “furthering the aims and ideals of veterans of foreign wars of the United States.”?Walter Hill of VFW 8612 closed the ceremony, telling people they should remember those who died, but still recognize and thank the people who are still putting their lives on the line everyday because they are “defending and keeping us safe and free from anymore of people attacking our country.” 

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