It was a somber, hot day for the 12th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. In Philadelphia, it was a day of memorial, observance and—later—a ceremony to say ‘thank you’ an organization that serves our nation’s veterans.
The morning held the 2013 Memorial “To the Fallen” ceremony sponsored by the Philadelphia Flag Day Association and the Philadelphia Fire Department. Held at the Betsy Ross Memorial, the ceremony was held to honor America’s first responders and victims who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks as well as in Benghazi. The ceremony featured speeches and the ringing of the memorial bell from Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayes, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Managing Director Rich Negrin, Director of Public Safety Mick Resnick, among other officials. Representatives from the Philadelphia Prison Guards, the Second Alarmers, Frankford High School Jr. ROTC, Veteran Guard (Third Regiment Infantry N G P), and the Council Rock South High School Band were also in attendance.
As September 11th is the National Day of Service and Remembrance, during the afternoon Managing Director Rich Negrin and Global Citizen’s Todd Bernstein presented the Global Citizen Mission265 Active Citizen Award to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center for their service to America’s veterans. Iraq War Vetran Tyrone Beach accepted the second annual award for the Center. The event was held on the first floor of City Hall which was also home to a resource fair for veterans.
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