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Commissioners Join Public Safety Community, Veterans, Dignitaries, and County Employees to Host 16th Anniversary Tribute to Sept. 11, 2001 Victims

September 11, 2017

"Courage in a Changed World"

As a giant American Flag dangled from a Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 engine in the Bucks County Memorial Courtyard on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.

The list of those remembered beneath piercing sunshine included the 18 Bucks Countians who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Chairman Martin observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Chairman Martin emceed the ceremony, which included participation by the Central Bucks High School West choir, the Bucks County Corrections Honor Guard, Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, Pastor Corvin Seltzer of the Palisades Community Bible Church, and brief remarks from Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse and Doylestown VFW Post 175 Commander, Col. Gregory Marston.

Speaking of the need for “courage in a changed world,” Chairman Martin selected a quote from philosopher George Santayana to encapsulate his feelings about the terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and I know none of us wants to repeat what happened 16 years ago,” he said solemnly.

Commissioner Marseglia read the 18 names of the Bucks County victims, including American Airlines pilot Victor Saracini of Yardley. She asked those assembled in the courtyard to “keep them and their families in your prayers again this year, as I will.”

Commissioner Loughery has vivid memories of a clear September morning and dropping his oldest daughter, Grace, off at nursery school. “She is graduating from high school this year,” he said. “Time has a way of being very elusive.” Commissioner Loughery also spoke of the need for resolve, noting “you can lose your focus, your purpose.” He quoted a favorite Bruce Springsteen song, “Into the Fire,” sharing the lyrics: “May your strength give us strength, may your faith give us faith, may your hope give us hope, may your love bring us love.”

Col. Marston used his time at the podium to talk of those who have served our country since 9-11-01, and he pointed to the Global War on Terror Memorial in the Courtyard as an example of the sacrifices that continue to be made.

Mayor Strouse spoke of the “spirit of unity and resolve” demonstrated on 9-11-01 and throughout its aftermath, recalling that he was on a treadmill at a local health club at the time of the attacks. “We remember them individually and collectively, and what they contributed to the fabric of America,” he said during his remarks.

The 18 Bucks Countians who perished during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

 - Michael A. Bane – Yardley                           - Lorraine Bay – Langhorne

- James P. Berger – Lower Makefield         -  Jeffrey M. Chairnoff – Lower Makefield

- Peter Chirchirillo – Langhorne                  - William R. Godshalk Lower Makefield

- Donald G. Havlish, Jr. – Yardley                -Donald W. Jones – Fairless Hills

- William H. Kelly, Jr. – Lower Makefield  - Joseph Lostrangio – Langhorne

- Louis Nacke – New Hope                                 -Joshua Reiss – Lower Makefield

   John Michael Rodak- Southampton          - Victor Saracini – Yardley

- Larry Senko – Lower Makefield                 - Barbara A. Shaw - Bensalem

- William Steiner – Lower Makefield           - Sandra Wright – Langhorne