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Penn State DuBois Remembers 9/11

Former DuBois American Legion Commander Paul Sprague opens the 9/11 Ceremony near the flag pole in the campus plaza.
9/11/2009 —

DuBois – A ceremony held at Penn State DuBois on Friday honored those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and gave people in attendance a chance to look back on the attacks of eight years ago.

Organized by the Penn State DuBois Office of Student Life, and Paul Sprague, a former Commander of the DuBois American Legion, the ceremony featured the DuBois Area Honor Guard, and selected readings by area first responders.  Sergeant Rod Fairman of the Sandy Township Police Department, and Anthony Suplizio, former DuBois City Fire Chief, both read poems honoring the emergency responders who sacrificed their own lives following the September 11 attacks.  Pastor David Bish, of the Tri-County Church of God, offered benediction. 

"We do this to remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms," Sprague said.  He noted that he was impressed with the young students on campus who turned out for the ceremony.  "Some of them were just in grade school when it happened, so it's nice to see these young people care enough to take this time to remember."

For 19 year old student and Army Reservist Derick Welsh, of Siegel, the attacks took place when he was just 11.  The memories for him, however, are still clear.  "I was scared," he said.  "It was definitely a sad day, but one that we need to remember.  We also need to remember the soldiers who face the consequences in battle after the attacks."

Adult student Cindy Kosek attended the observance with a special interest in honoring the men and women of the armed services.  Her own son has served four tours of duty overseas. 

"I'm proud that in spite of everything the United States has gone through, we're still strong," Kosek said.  "I'm grateful for everyone who has served to protect us in the past and for those who will serve in the future." 

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