Volunteer fire departments display flag for 9/11.
The morning of September 11, 2023 started with Millcreek officials attending the 9/11 Memorial Event at the Blasco Library. At 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m. the ceremonial bell was rung to signify when the planes struck both towers, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA. These times were reflected by the Municipal Building with a moment of silence announced over the loudspeakers at those respective times.
Event speakers included County Executive Brenton Davis, County Councilman Brian Shank and Barton Fendelman a NYFD first responder on 9/11. Mr. Fendelman spoke about his 9/11 stories of heroism and sacrifice from both him and his brothers and sisters that did not make it. In total there were 2,977 casualties officially attributed to the events of 9/11. This death total includes 343 members of the NYFD and 71 other law enforcement officials.
Supervisor Jim Bock at the 9/11 Memorial Service
Crowd gathered for 9/11 Memorial at Blasco Library with steel beam recovered from the attacks on left.
Later in the evening, the volunteer fire departments all gathered at the corner of Peninsula Dr. and 12th St. to display a massive American flag. Representatives from all departments were present as they took the evening to remember and reflect on those that made the ultimate sacrifice, the unfathomable amount of civilians that didn't make it out and the countless other casualties from this tragedy. This includes the members of flight 93, who rallied against their hijackers after the hijackers purpose was revealed. They ultimately saved untold more lives before crashing in Shanksville, PA. Further remembered are those that died in the Pentagon crash and even those that succumbed to long term health effects from the dust and debris in the air. We will never forget the untold individual sacrifices and tragedy of September 11, 2001.
Millcreek Township volunteer fire fighters on 9/11/2023
The American flag displayed on September 11, 2023
We ask everyone to remember the sacrifices made and lives lost on this day 22 years ago. While 9/11 will always be a day of remembrance, please keep it in your heart as we move further away from the date.