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9/11 Anniversary Committee

Almost two decades have passed since the September 11th attack on our country.

To honor the 20th anniversary of that day, members of the local 9/11 Anniversary Committee are planning a community event.

“Here we are, 20 years later, planning to mark the anniversary in Central Pennsylvania by remembering the precious lives lost, celebrating the American spirit, and recognizing first responders who serve our community,” said committee member Tony DeGol.

The commemoration will be held at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona on September 11th, 2021, starting at 7:00pm.

3,200 people will be welcomed in.

This event will continue the organization’s tradition of marking the 9/11 anniversary in Altoona every five years.

“It is important to remember this day, and to honor and pay tribute to the victims on this national day of service and remembrance,” said Matthew Pacifico, Altoona’s Mayor.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier will produce a ‘welcome video’ for those in attendance.

The Altoona Community Band, Hollidaysburg Community Chorus, Altoona Youth Orchestra, and other local musicians will perform.

There will be a “Walk of Honor” for police, clergy, military, fire, and all first responders.

Following the walk, organizers will present a program in honor of the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks.

“We are honored to have all of them with us that day to honor those victims, and especially those who continue to protect us and fight for us here in our community and our country,” said event producer Pam Etters.

Pastor Gary Dull, Co-Chair of the 9/11 Anniversary Committee, said this service will help pass the history of September 11th down to young people.

“Let’s determine to use the 20th anniversary of 9-11-01 to teach younger generations of the sorrow of that tragic day — so that for the sake of our prosperity — they too will unite with other races, creeds, and political parties to make America a nation that will stand strong for faith, patriotism, and civic pride for many years to come,” he said.

Tickets will start being distributed throughout the community on August 2nd, according to Duane Bordell, a 9/11 Anniversary Committee member.

Tickets will be available at 11 destinations throughout Central Pennsylvania.

“We want to make them readily available for people to go in and secure their complimentary tickets, and then be with us,”

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