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Remembering Historic Dates

The month of September includes two dates which are
noted by our Country. The first is Patriot Day, an annual
observance on September 11 to remember all who were
injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United
States. Most Americans refer to Patriot Day as “9/11”.
On this date in 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijack-
ers deliberately flew three of the planes into our buildings in
the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the World Trade
Center “Twin Towers” in New York. The fourth plane
crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This was the biggest
act of terrorism on the United States resulting in the loss of
3000 lives and massive damage. It was a day when Amer-
ica received a “wake up” call for U. S. national security. Our
national and international policies changed with Islamic
countries in the Middle East.
We can all remember the pictures of the World Trade Cen-
ter buildings engulfed in smoke and fire and people falling.
Let us all remember to fly our flag on this day at half staff to
note with respect all who perished. We as a community can
and should set some time aside to pray for the victims of
these attacks.
The second date is September 16, National POW/MIA Rec-
ognition Day. On this date, we remember and honor our
servicemen and women who “gave their all” for us. Time
does not heal everything. There are some 80,000 plus mili-
tary during and since World War II who never returned
home and remain in a “unaccounted” category.
Wars always leave us scarred. Let us remain strong. We.
ask you again, in your own way, to take a few moments to
say “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN”.
SK Fred J. Coseglia, Past Grand Knight SK Michael P, Lauzon, Grand Knight Knights of Columbus, Assumption Council # 11077

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