Remembering 9/11

Attleboro Fire Capt. Keith Jackson, left, Manny Porto and Dave Capraro guide a steel piece from the remains of the World Trade Center into its resting place in Capron Park for the city's new POW-MIA 9/11 Memorial. (Staff photo by Martin Gavin)

ATTLEBORO - This Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - a tragedy the POW-MIA, 9/11 Remembrance Committee is doing its part to keep from happening again.

Toward that effort, the committee will hold a brief ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the site of the soon-to-be-dedicated POW-MIA, 9/11 Memorial, located at the Veterans Triangle in Capron Park.

The ceremony will end at approximately 9 a.m., so that participants and guests can attend other 9/11 services, and organizers urge all to attend, as the ceremony will be the first to be held at the site of the POW-MIA, 9/11 Memorial.

The ceremony also will give participants a chance to view the latest addition to the memorial: a steel artifact from the World Trade Center, which members of the POW-MIA Committee, with the assistance of other supporters, brought from New York to Capron Park just last month.

The steel artifact, according to committee co-chairman Ed Stanton, came from the first-floor concourse of one of the twin towers, weighs 1,726 pounds and will be placed on the POW-MIA Monument so that it is facing New York and Washington — sites of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with other symbolic settings as well.

As noted by POW-MIA 9/11 Remembrance committee co-Chairman John Bouchard, the artifact itself also will serve as an important reminder for all.

"This is an historical artifact that not only our generation is going to come here at our site to ponder what took place 10 years ago but also future generations are going to be able to look at this and remember lest we forget it doesn't happen again," Bouchard said.

The service will begin with the "Pledge of Allegiance" followed by brief comments, a time for reflection and a prayer led by Deacon Ron Wheelock, the Attleboro Fire Department chaplain.

At the conclusion of the service, the public will be invited to revisit the site on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., during a dedication ceremony, when the finished memorial will be unveiled and dedicated in memory of all POWs, MIAs and the thousands of innocent victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Janette Boulay can be reached by phone or fax at 508-222-0993 or by e-mail at janette.boulay@gmail.com.

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