The community gathered at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Friday, Sept. 11, VFW Post #8612 Commander Gregory Protsko said, “to honor and remember the men, women and children who were killed, wounded, injured and/or traumatized in the three-pronged attack on the USA by Muslim combatants.”
This year’s 9/11 ceremony was different from the past 18 remembrances because of another national tragedy, COVID-19, which has claimed more than 196,000 American lives. Protsko asked everyone to follow all safety guidelines, especially mask wearing and social distancing.
John Kupillas, Chaplain of VFW Post #8612, opened the ceremony with a prayer. In his heartfelt address, Commander Protsko said we must never forget the sacrifices made as a result of the attack 19 years ago on America, which he compared to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bugler Ray Patterson of the Gung Ho Detachment #909, U.S. Marine Corps League, played Taps. VFW post members presented the salute to colors, followed by a closing prayer and the presentation of a remembrance wreath of red, white, and blue carnations.
In reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, everyone present turned to the flag and joined in.
For Commander Protsko’s full comments, please turn to page 12.