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Woodmen of the World salutes heroes of 9/11

September 11, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- An Iraqi War veteran assisted in raising the American flag Friday during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue.

William Worthington Jr. attended Friday's ceremony "to remember the ones that have fallen and the ones who still give their lives and time to protect this country," he said.

Worthington served two years in the Marine Corps, and served in Iraq in 2005, he said.

The flag Worthington raised is displayed on a new flagpole dedicated "in honor and remembrance of heroes and victims in the fight against terrorism."

The flagpole, next to another that displays the Maryland flag, was dedicated Friday afternoon during a public ceremony, called "In Honor and Remembrance -- Woodmen of the World Salutes America's Heroes," held by Woodmen of the World Lodge 1 in Hagerstown.

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Maryland state Sen. Donald F. Munson called Sept. 11 "a time of death and wrecked lives."

"Even the sky is weeping in remembrance," he said.

Setting aside the day each year to remember the victims ensures they will live on, Munson said.

"They shall never die, and therefore, al-Qaida failed," Munson said. "If you try again, you will fail again."

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr and Hagerstown City Councilman William M. Breichner also attended Friday's ceremony.

Lt. Margaret Kline of the Western Maryland Police Academy and the academy's cadets also were on hand for the event.

"We all need to do our part to keep our nation safe," Kline said.

Three cadets placed a wreath near the flagpoles on behalf of the firefighters and police officers who gave their lives on Sept. 11.

The Rev. Rich Bower, a retired Army chaplain, said prayers at the beginning and end of the ceremony.

"No greater love has this than one who laid down his life for his friends," Bower said.

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