Unity, service to others accentuated in 9/11 remembrance

MILLSBORO – Nationwide remembrance punctuated with “Never Forget,” “United We Stand” and “Let’s Roll” rang out across Monday as Americans paused to remember the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001:  a day that changed the world forever.

“We remember own feelings of emptiness and how our sense of security was radically shaken,” American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5/Rehoboth president Nancy Lawrence said in her opening prayer during the 9/11 candlelight ceremony at Post 28 in Millsboro. “We remember the heroism of the many that lost their lives in saving others. We remember those who suffered and died and we grieve for them still.”

Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28, the ceremony featured the Legion Riders motorcycle unit, Post 28’s Honor Guard, the Unit 28 Colorettes, keynote speakers and patriotic songs from Greg Fuller and Judy Mangini.

Cindi Phillips, president of Auxiliary Unit 28, shared her remembrance of the immense courage shown by stockbrokers, office workers, maintenance workers, bystanders, window washers and others who worked together so valiantly to help each other.

“When we recall the fire-fighters, who rushed up stairs as most everyone was racing out, we can say, ‘We remember selfless service,’” said Ms. Phillips. “When we recall the police officers who stood to protect and defend the people and performed their duty until the towers came crashing down on top of them we can say, ‘We remember selfless sacrifice for the safety of others.’”

Ms. Phillips recalled the thousands of workers who did not escape the buildings, citizens who rushed to help, the people who stood in lines at the nation’s blood banks to “make living donations from their very bodies” and the millions of Americans who gave so generously.

“We recall the joy and unity we felt and the outpouring of help, kindness, thoughtful words and deeds from at home and around the world,” said Ms. Phillips. “We must hold firmly to our unity.”

Unity, says past Unit 28 president Tina Washington, is today’s way in the free world.

“We all know we can move mountains when we are united. But divided we will surely be vulnerable,” said Ms. Washington.

“Sixteen years ago, the land of the free and home of the brave was tested by the band of 19 terrorists who took 2,996 lives including themselves at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” said Ms. Washington. “Shocked, we watched in horror as we learned what happened. More importantly, we recovered and as a nation. We did what we do when Americans are threatened, whether by terrorists, Mother Nature or other forces. We came together as a country without regard to color, race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, background, political party affiliation and a plethora of others.”

“So, as we wind down this day of remembrance, let us not lose our American spirit, and remember more often not just those who lost their lives but their families, their friends and those who knew them well by honoring their memories with a gesture of service to someone,” said Ms. Washington.

A meet and greet with cake and coffee prior to the candlelight ceremony featured harmonic performances by the Bayside 4 and the Old Mill Four, respective women’s and men’s quartets who united as an octet for their grand finale.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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