Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Elected officials, veterans, Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts participate in commemoration.
On a picture-perfect day, people gathered in North Park Tuesday for a Sept. 11 flag retirement and remembrance ceremony. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald hosted the event at the North Park Flag Retirement Plaza. Attendees included elected officials, members of Allegheny County's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts, scouts representing the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA, Pine-Richland High School, local fire departments and police stations, members of all branches of the military, Friends of North Park and county employees and residents. The Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, presentation of colors, flag retirements, recognition of military and emergency services personnel, and the singing …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council and other civic groups will host 7 p.m. event.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Council will host a Sept. 11 flag retirement and remembrance ceremony at North Park's Flag Retirement Plaza at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The ceremony will include members of all branches of the military, veterans, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Pine-Richland JROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, according to a news advisory by Fitzgerald's office. The plaza is at the intersection of Ingomar Road and Babcock Boulevard in North Park. _____________________ Keeping up with news in the Pine-Richland community is easy—simply sign up for our daily email newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
The public is invited to attend the formal dedication of the 9/11 memorial in front the Park Fire Station on Route 19. Plus, where were you and what were you doing on Sept. 11, 2001? Share your memories in the comment section below.
Most everyone who is old enough can remember where they were and what they were doing when the first of two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Now they can touch a piece from the day’s wreckage. Just in time for Patriot Day, the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is holding a formal dedication of its 9/11 Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Park Station on Route 19. The public is welcome to attend the event, which also will feature the area’s other first responders. The memorial itself is structured around an 832-pound piece of twisted steel that fell from one of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11. Two slabs of granite shaped like the Twin Towers …
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? I remember the morning of 9/11/01 as a sunny Tuesday—quick to turn dismal. A student at J.E. Harrison Middle School in Whitehall, I was in eighth grade, first period social studies with Mr. Housteau. The day began like any other, until our teacher was notified of "a second World Trade Center bombing." Soon after, we had all figured out what really happened, increasingly confused, shocked and saddened. The rest of the morning, into the afternoon, was much of a blur. Little did I know, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaida had hijacked four passenger jets—one, United Airlines …
I remember everything I did on Sept. 11, 2001, but telling the story isn’t easy.
Sept. 11, 2001 is the day that marks the difference between when I was a kid, and when I started growing up. I was 15 years old in the fall of 2001, a sophomore in high school, and an aspiring … something-or-other. It happened on a Tuesday, and I wasn’t thinking much beyond Friday. But when I remember that day, I don’t just remember what happened. I remember everything. The clothes I wore to school, what I ate for lunch, my class schedule and who I sat next to are still clear in my mind, as though I’m about to wake up tomorrow and do it again. It’s the uneasy feeling I remember most, because I knew my teachers—the people we looked to for stability and explanation—were scared. Worse, I remember the indescribable feeling of realizing it wasn…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Meridian Road is lined with patriotic colors.
The banner outside Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department says it all -- 9/11/2001 Never Forget. On a day filled with reminders that today is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Meridian Road in Richland Township is lined with patriotic bunting on the wooden fences by the St. Barnabas campus. Immediately north of the campus is Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department, where American flags line the yard. Click here to see the 9/11 tribute by the Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. The Pine-Richland community is served by the two fire departments -- Richland VFD serves Richland Township and the Wexford company handles calls in Pine Township.
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The number notes how many firefighters died in the line of duty Sept. 11.
Firefighters at Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. are remembering their brethren with a display of American flags that honors the number who died on Sept. 11. The "343" temporary display is on the hillside by the fire hall on North Chapel Drive, just north of Route 910. Volunteer Mike Nosal said the firefighters started brainstorming about a week ago about what they could do to remember the first responders who lost their lives that day. "We really like the way it turned out and even though we didn't know any of those 343 firefighters personally, they were still our brothers, and this is our way, Wexford's way, of remembering them," said Graham Maxwell, a volunteer who lives at the fire station and is 2005 graduate of Pine-Richland High School…
Looking back 10 years brings memories both bitter and sweet.
When people find out that my birthday falls on 9/11 they invariably ask me, "How can you even celebrate on that day?" Well, I didn't on that particular day. A neighbor called just after the first plane hit, knowing I would be at my desk working. Our thoughts were that it was an accident, a plane off course. I was watching TV when the second plane hit, and I remember thinking, "Uh-oh. This is really bad." After that, I spent most of the morning on the phone with my mother. Two family members were supposed to be flying that day — my brother and brother-in-law. In fact, my brother-in-law was flying from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, and at the end of his trip he was going to take a commuter flight to Pittsburgh to visit us. He never got on his…
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sept. 11 remembered with special guest speaker who converted to Christianity.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
A former terrorist who converted to Christianity will tell his story this weekend at services marking the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Kamal Saleem, 54, will speak at 5 p.m. Saturday and again at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at North Way Christian Community at 12121 Perry Highway in Wexford. His speech will be videocast to North Way’s satellite churches in Sewickley and Oakland. Author of The Blood of Lambs, Saleem writes about growing up in the heart of the Middle East as an Islamic radical. He was taught to hate Jews and Christians, but today is a devout Christian, according to the biography released in 2009. Saleem participated in his first bloody mission for a militant Muslim group at the age of 7, according to his website, www.…