Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Firefighters, police officers, medics, soldiers and veterans from around the area gathered Tuesday night at the Bridgeville fire hall to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Firefighters, police officers, medics, soldiers and veterans from around the area gathered Tuesday night at the Bridgeville fire hall to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 11 years ago. The Knights of Columbus in Bridgeville formed an honor guard to salute the first responders and military members–both active duty and retired–and to honor their service. Some of the firefighters who attended were from Bridgeville, Presto, Rennerdale, South Fayette, Fairview, East Carnegie, Bower Hill, Upper St. Clair and Cecil. Two Bridgeville police officers, a Pennsylvania state police trooper, a SouthBridge medic and two Army soldiers accompanied them for the service. A moment of silence was held for the nearly 3,000 victims killed in the…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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…
Sen. Tim Solobay writes about the Wounded Warriors Project on this anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks upon us again, it’s not only important to remember the heroes and victims of that historic day, but we should also recognize some of the good that came from that tragedy. The Wounded Warrior Project was started by several service veterans and their friends who were moved by the stories of the first wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It began as a program to provide small comforts to the wounded, but has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and return to civilian life. On Thursday, UBS is sponsoring the second annual UBS Tailgate Fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. The event will take place at the Metso/Taggart…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
A memorial fundraiser was held Sunday at the Lawrence VFD.
No matter who you ask, everyone seems to remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, people across the country have come together at memorials and fundraisers to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Locally, folks gathered at the Lawrence VFD to commemorate the anniversary.
Mike Ference of Clairton, whose son was shot on a bus headed to Serra Catholic High School in 1989, wants awareness and answers about, and accountability for, what he says is abuse in the Roman Catholic church.
Shortly after Mike Ference's son, Adam, was shot on a school bus bound for Serra Catholic High School in 1989, a law enforcement official in his hometown of Clairton told him the investigation had been deliberately botched. Now, 22 years later, Ference plans to spend this Sunday passing out flyers at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland, the center of worship for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, in an effort to bring attention to what he feels was at the root of the shooting and suicide—sexual abuse. As he continues his protests, he will be targeting local institutions and individuals associated with the abuse of children and young adults. According to Associated Press reports from the days after the incident, the classmate, the son of a …
Patch Remembers 9/11 in 911 snapshots.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Lighting installation designed to create solemn and peaceful memorial.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Duquesne Light and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust have developed two temporary lighting projects that will be illuminated on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The projections are designed to collectively create a space where people can gather and reflect on the enormity of this day and to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the terror attacks and their families. Both installations will run Sept. 7 to 18 from dusk until midnight. The first projection, located on the 10th Street façade of the Courtyard Marriott, honors the heroes of United Flight 93 and the ultimate sacrifice they made on behalf of this nation just 80 miles east of Pittsburgh in …
Friday, September 9, 2011
As fewer commercial flights take off from the Pittsburgh International Airport, local military have enjoyed more use of Western Pennsylvania's skies.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Brian Schill said he was flying a mission for the 171st Air National Guard Refueling Wing several years ago when he received a message he'll never forget. His aircraft was approaching thunderstorms as he and his crew cruised a loop of sky that spans much of Western Pennsylvania. He requested permission from the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center to stay in the air. "They said 'Steel, do whatever you want,'" Schill said with a laugh. "I'll never forget that. They said there's no one else up there. That never used to be the case." Schill, who retired five years ago as a pilot for the 171st Refueling Wing in Hopewell, is now the ambassador for the Wings Over Pittsburgh air show, hosted by the 911th Air Force Reserve…
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 10 terrorist attacks, there are numerous ways to remember the day.
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever faced by our country. There are many activities taking place over the next few days to commemorate the lives lost and to celebrate the strength and unity of the United States during the life-changing events that took place that morning. While not exactly in your backyard, one very important and poignant event happening this weekend is the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Saturday the memorial will be dedicated, and Sunday a 10th-anniversary commemoration will be held. The dedication program is schedule to begin at 12:30 Saturday, but it is recommended that people arrive two hours early to park and catch a shuttle to the ceremony and…
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Don't know what you're doing yet this weekend? Here are our picks.
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Canon-McMillan Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. 1. Duquesne Light and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Honor Lighting Memorials Where/When: 10th Street façade of the Courtyard Marriott and David L. Lawrence Convention Center garage façade, dusk to midnight, Sept. 7 to 18 Why Go?: Duquesne Light and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present two temporary lighting memorials for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorials are meant for people to gather and reflect on the events of that historical day. Click here to …