More than 50 people commemorated the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the American Memorial Park visitors center last Wednesday.
Organized by the U.S. Pinoys for Good Government, the Association of Filipino Pastors, and the El Shaddai Charismatic Group on Saipan, the event was dubbed the 12th Anniversary of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“The commemoration of the 9-11 attacks and the ceremony was successful. It was emotional and relevant. There were more than 50 participants, majority were youth who are interested to know and learn about the Sept. 11 attacks, and pay respect, honor and pay tribute to those who lost lives on that tragic day, honor the survivors and victims’ families, and to honor the bravery of those first responders,” said Dr. Celia Lamkin, USP4GG Marianas Chapter chairperson and a volunteer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“We are proud of our own first responders because in the past they had to respond to various disasters and calamities and in the future, they will be called upon to do it again. Hence, on this 12th anniversary of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, we have to recognize and honor our first responders in the CNMI, too,” added Lamkin.
She also read a message from USP4GG national chair Loida Nicolas Lewis, who said Sept. 11, 2001 has “come to symbolize the resilience, kindness, volunteerism, and unity of the American people.”
“We will never forget that tragic day, the innocent lives lost, the bravery of those who responded, and the remarkable spirit of unity and compassion that swept the country in the aftermath,” Lamkin quoted Lewis’ message.
National Parks Service superintendent Ron Borne served as Wednesday’s guest speaker.
Borne urged everyone not to forget the 2,983 men, women, and children who perished 12 years ago not only in the Twin Towers attacks in New York but also those who died in the Pentagon and Pennsylvania attacks.
He said it would be a second tragedy if future generations of Americans not remember the “legacy of heroism” that was displayed in that fateful September day in 2001.
Aside from the speeches and message, several films about the 9-11 attacks were shown and the El Shaddai Youth Choir sang patriotic songs.