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Heads bowed, Sylvania residents and community leaders stood in silence today, taking a moment to remember the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 at the annual Patriot’s Day 911 Ceremony.
“Never forget what evil can do, and what good can come from it,” Sylvania Police Chaplain Rick Ketterman said. He led in prayer for those gathered for the ceremony in River Centre Park.
Mayor Craig Stough followed the prayer, addressing dignitaries and law enforcement officials, reminding them that it is a day to not just remember the nearly 3,000 people killed during the attacks, but also to honor those who defend our freedom.
“Real heroes are those who put themselves in harm's way to defend our freedom,” he said. He held a newspaper clipping showing the faces of men and women from the Toledo area who died in combat since September, 2001.
Military veterans, Sylvania and Sylvania Township Police, and the township Fire Department stood around the park’s circular dais, arms held low and hands clasped. American flags at half-staff were patriotic reminders of how the country’s freedom was harmed 12 years ago.
“So much has changed,” Mr. Stough said, pointing to the security procedures in American air travel as one of the event's major impacts. He also noted that firefighters, police, and other first responders changed how emergency situations are dealt with.
In reaction to the Sept. 11 events in Pennsylvania, New York City, and Washington, many Sylvania residents drew closer and reached out to those in need.
Mayor Stough mentioned Bonnie Brieschke’s relief effort. Mrs. Brieschke, owner of Brieschke’s Bakery in downtown Sylvania, organized obtaining and shipping two truckloads of medicine, food, water and other supplies to New York City shortly after the terrorists attack.
More importantly, at 11:10 a.m. today, Mayor Stough called for a moment of silence, to reflect on those killed that September day.
Afterward, those in attendance, about 60 people, stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans representing the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 717 and American Legion Joseph W. Diehn Post 468 saluted the flag and the first responders stood in formation. The Northview Marching Band played the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.
“May God protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and God Bless America,” Mayor Stough proclaimed at the end of the ceremony.
Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.