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American Legion marks Patriots Day on 9/11

September 26, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The American Legion Post 323 held its annual Patriots Day ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

About 75 people attended, including American Legion Department of Florida NEC Alternate Lois McCall, Legion Southwest Area Commander Dianne Discs, American Legion Auxiliary District 13 President Jim Love, American Legion Detachment of Florida commander, firefighters from Lehigh's Station 2 and Unit 105, and Boy Scout Troop 720 of Lehigh.

Ray Esponda, Riders Chapter 323 director, offered a welcome.

Keynote speaker Commander Jerry Sherlock talked about never forgetting 9/11 and what has happened since then. He said children must be taught that freedom is not free - a patriot had to pay for the freedoms enjoyed today.

A "Hero Everlasting" was presented, and a rifle squad gave a 21-gun salute and taps was played.

"It has been 11 years since this terrible incident and still today we have people dying with disease they acquired from the exposure at the Trade Center, our service men and women are still in harm's way," Linda Hall, spokesman for the American Legion, said. "Let us remember those that can't forget."

 
 

 

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