SMETHPORT — The thousands of innocent victims who perished in the worst attacks on Americans in our history on September 11, 2001, were remembered Wednesday in the Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance ceremony sponsored by the Smethport American Legion, Bucktail Post #138, and held on the courthouse steps.
This day is set aside to pause and reflect on the terrorist attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, as well as the victims of a fourth plane that crashed in Shanksville. Three thousand people, many of whom were first responders, died.
“The events of 9-11 changed our nation forever, but as we mark this anniversary of these terrorist attacks, we remember what remains the same: our character as a nation, our faith in one another and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness,” said Post Commander Pat Miesowitz in brief remarks.
Miesowitz said that we as a nation can honor the victims and their families by volunteering, preparing packages for our military; there are many ways to get involved.
Seth Digel, an Army and Vietnam veteran, offered the opening prayer.
Miesowitz lowered the American, Pennsylvania and POW/MIA flags on the flagpole in front of the courthouse and then raised them to half-staff.
Bud Abbey commanded the honor guard and the firing squad that fired three volleys as part of the “Honor the Dead” ceremony. Abbey then served as bugler for the playing of “Taps.”
Among the crowd standing on West Main Street were Smethport Police Department officers Kyle Day and Kevin Seipp, both veterans.