Several events took place in Danvers yesterday to honor the fallen victims of the tragedy that changed America ten years ago.
Starting at about 8:30 a.m., New Brothers Restaurant and Deli held their annual remembrance. After 9/11, Kary Andrinopolous, Brothers owner, said he used to host a memorial at his home, but when it became too big, he decided to offer it to the entire town at his business in the square.
At 9 a.m. the town paid tribute to fallen Danvers resident Karen Martin, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11. Organized by retired Danvers police officer Jim George, the walk began on North Putnam Street, and finished in front of the Danvers Fire Department headquarters on High Street.
State Representative Ted Speliotis, the Danvers Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Wayne Marquis, and town officials walked through Danvers Square with Karen Martin's family, as balloons were released into the sky as a tribute to her, and all of the victims of the day.
At 10 a.m., the Fire Department honored the 343 firefighters, as well as all of the 9/11 fallen heroes and their families, in a short ceremony. The Flag of Honor, dedicated to the 2,976 victims, flew at half mast at the station, as Venere Salzillo sang God Bless America, and Elisa Strangie-Brown performed the Star Spangled Banner.
Captain Frank Sacco, who organized the remembrance, welcomed guests by recalling the events of not only 2001, but also the Battle of Fort Sumter, beginning the American Civil War, and the attacks on Pearl Harbor, all of which, like September 11, were horrible in nature and outcome, but significant in our country's history.
Sacco rededicated the 9/11 memorial at the station to the innocent lives lost, and also honored those who have died while serving the country since.
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