AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, a piece of the Pentagon and dirt from Shanksville were featured during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Austintown Friday.
It took place at 9/11 Park on S. Raccoon Road.
The crowd may have been smaller than in previous years and many of those attending didn’t sit or stand as close as they might have. Most were wearing masks, but organizers of the annual event were not about to let COVID-19 put off this year’s event.
“You don’t want to skip a year. If you cancel a year for something like this, you will cancel for another year. We don’t want to cancel. That’s how people forget,” Sam Swogger, event co-chair.
Most of those in attendance can’t ever forget where they were 19 years ago today. Staff Sgt. Joseph Revetti, who has a long line of military service in his family, was just a few years out of Fitch High School when he learned the nation had been attacked.
“The memories just started flooding in. The stories of my grandfather’s and father. It definitely, definitely, gave me a sense of hey, I got to step up and so something when my country needs me,” Revetti said.Biden, Pence attend 9/11 memorial; Trump at Pennsylvania crash site
Revetti was the keynote speaker. Eighteen years ago he enlisted in the Army and served with Operation Iraqi Freedom and turned his calling into a career.
“It is important that the lessons my generation learned from previous generations. Hopefully, we are doing the right thing and passing it on to today’s generation,” Revetti said.
Others who spoke reminded the audience that just as America overcame the attack from terrorists, they will also rise up against the coronavirus, while still remembering those who were lost to it.
There was a 21 gun salute at the event and the playing of Taps and the National Anthem.
Later Friday, a chair will be dedicated in honor of 9/11 POWs at Greenwood Chevrolet Austintown Falcon Stadium. That’s at 6 p.m.