Belfast honors 9/11 victims with memorial walk

By Ben Holbrook | Sep 11, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Belfast Lions Club members Ray Hall, left, and Jeremy Marden, right, lead a procession across the Veterans Memorial Bridge Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Belfast — Veterans Memorial Bridge was the picture of patriotism as veterans, residents and city officials gathered to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The memorial walk held Tuesday, Sept. 11, began at 8:45 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center towers in New York City and continued until 10:05 a.m. the time the last plane went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa. Ray Hall, of the Belfast Lions Club, said this was the ninth year a 9/11 memorial walk has been held in the city.

“We have Lions members, VFW, city officials, the American Legion and all kinds of individuals who attend,” Hall said.

Hall explained that the memorial walks started in Virginia and were organized by a single Lions Club member before eventually spreading to states all along the East Coast.

“Now it goes from Florida to Maine,” Hall said.

The walk was one of a few ways people around the city paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks 11 years ago.

Across town, Belfast firefighters set up a 9/11 memorial in front of the fire station on Belmont Avenue that remained in place throughout the day.

At the Belfast Police Department on Church Street, a new display situated on the wall between the offices of Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham and Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden features images of some of the officers in New York and New Jersey who perished as a result of the attacks. The centerpiece of the display is a cross-shaped piece of steel that members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department cut from the ruins of the World Trade Center. McFadden said Belfast Officer Dan Stanicki, who formerly worked as a police officer in New Jersey, offered the memorial to the Belfast Police Department.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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