The school, along with village members and the American Legion, gathered in the Circle Park to commemorate the eleventh anniversary with an ever familiar ceremony dedicated to those lost, and those who serve.
“We must never forget September 11, a day when chaos came to our door step, because of the innumerable dreams shattered, and the incomprehensible number of lives lost,” said school principal Dr. Gerald Benjamin who led the ceremony. “Now must become a crucial reminder of all the hard work still to be done by those who seek an end to human division.”
Eleven years ago today, he continued, America was uniquely wounded. But in the face of terror, America witnessed extraordinary expressions of faith, courage and compassion. Patriotism felt in those days and months caused the nation to ever so strongly pursue liberty and justice for all Americans, and for all those around the world who continue to suffer from violence, poverty and injustice.
A bagpipe procession led the flag bearing American Legion and students from St. Agnes to the center of the park. Village Mayor Thomas Freeman and Former Mayor Richard Burke awaited the procession from within the park.
“Remembrance is a word of healing and of helping,” said Mayor Freeman. ” Please do not stop remembering for the sake of the families, of which we, probably without much distance, know someone who knows someone that was there.”
Burke, who had been the Avon Mayor at the time of the terrorist attacks, remarked his own account of the events of that day. He continued to present a message to the students, of whom most had not been born before the attacks.
“I want you tonight to go home and ask your parents and your grandparents, where they were on September 11, and what that means to them,” said Burke. “Because I think they could tell you, better than I, the importance of this day, and why we will always remember.”