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Emotional remembrance

Monument rededicated in honor of 9/11 rescuers

Monument rededicated in honor of 9/11 rescuers

September 12, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

erinc@herald-mail.com

Corin Gilks of Hagerstown believes music touches people when emotion drives it.

When he put a trumpet to his lips Sunday evening as the lone musician playing taps, emotion came easily, he said.

Gilks stood on a small hill overlooking a gazebo at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport and watched as a flower arrangement was placed at the base of a memorial honoring victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. and Williamsport Rescue Co. members, along with members of the town council, rededicated the memorial, which was built in 2002.

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Councilman Jeff Cline said the memorial was only two bricks high when it was built. About a week ago, it was raised to about three feet using donated bricks, so those who look at it don't have to stoop or kneel, he said. The flower arrangement placed near the memorial was a mixture of red, white and blue in the shape of a cross.

The town has gathered on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks each year since the memorial was built, said Jay Grimes, president of Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co.

"(The monument was built) so people in the future can remember what happened on Sept. 11," he said. "It's time to not forget what our fellow firefighters and police officers did and do every day."

The Rev. Greg Martin of Zion Lutheran Church in Williamsport spoke at the ceremony to a group of about 50.

"It's time for us to look forward and ask, 'What did we learn?'" he said.

Gilks, 31, said the war in Iraq is the first prolonged war he can remember.

Martin said instead of hatred for those responsible for the attacks, people should feel gratitude for the nation's first responders, who put their lives at risk.

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