Warren County High School’s JROTC paid homage to Sept. 11, 2001 on Wednesday at the fair.
Pioneer Battalion Commander Cadet Major Nathan Holmstrom read the following statement:
“The attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the most horrific events in American history, and the deadliest act of terror ever seen in the world. A total of 2,605 Americans lost their lives on that day, and over 6,000 others were injured. Three hundred and forty-three firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers, and 55 military personnel gave their lives saving and defending the people of this great nation.
“However, the effects of this atrocity were felt long after the event. As of August 2013, medical examiners and authorities have declared that 1,140 teachers, doctors, lawyers, and average citizens who inhabited the lower portion of Manhattan, have been diagnosed with cancer due to the inhalation of toxins found at Ground Zero. The last confirmed reports of cancer-related deaths were only recently in 2011.
“Even though the death count has flat lined, families, friends, and loved ones endure and carry on the memory of those who lost their lives. One of the most important things we must learn and always carry with us is the way the Americans who were alive at this time endured. It is a direct reflection of how we as a nation arose from the chaos and destruction and found the strength to stay united.”
The speech followed a flag raising, singing of “Star-Spangled Banner” and pledge. The ceremony preceded illusionist Bryan Drake taking the main stage.