It seemed most poignant and fitting that a bald eagle should fly above the estimated 600 people attending the dedication of the Venice 9/11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial in Patriots Park during a two-hour ceremony Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the tragedy.
“God Bless America” and “We must never forget” were the themes constantly expressed by invited guests and speakers. Gene Sweeney, president of Salt of the Earth USA and organizer of the memorial and the dedication, said, “The 9/11 memorial is intended to remind visitors of the impact of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on the citizens of this great country and the extraordinary civic response that grew from this unparalleled event. This memorial honors the more than 3,000 who were murdered that day in the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the more than 6,500 U.S. servicemen and women who have been killed in the fight against terrorists.”
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