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Service in Chambersburg pays tribute to 9/11 victims

September 08, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Sixty-five people joined in singing "America, The Beautiful" at the conclusion of the Service of Remembrance on Sunday. That service paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and celebrated the spirit of hope that remains in the United States.

"May our country always be a country of hope," the Rev. James R. O'Brien said.

O'Brien served as the special speaker at the service in Letterkenny Chapel. O'Brien, pastor of Chambersburg's Corpus Christi Catholic Church, said his niece was on a train on her way to the World Trade Center that day, and he expressed gratitude that she did not arrive there before the attacks.

The perpetrators of the attacks suffered from a struggle that O'Brien said goes back to the Garden of Eden -- that people sometimes think they can be like God.

"Certain men in our world decided to be God and decided certain individuals should die in their name," he said.

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The Rev. Mark J. Ruzicka closed the service with prayer prior to the singing of "America, The Beautiful."

"We remember it was you to whom we turned on that first Sept. 11th. We turned to you when we no longer felt invincible, and many years later you're still our refuge and strength," he prayed.

Miriam Higgins of Chambersburg has attended the Service of Remembrance several times.

"9/11 was a horrible occasion. We have to never forget and make sure nothing like that happens again," she said.

"It's a matter of not letting certain things disappear or be forgotten about," said Joe Strite, who served as an Army medic in World War II.

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