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Bucks County Residents Gather To Remember 9/11 Victims

By Nicole Brewer, Diana Rocco

LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — In Lower Makefield Township, the sights and sounds of remembrance echoed through the Garden of Reflection.

Twelve years after the September 11th attacks claimed 2,973 lives, including 18 Bucks County residents, friends, family and neighbors gathered at Memorial Park Wednesday to sing, pray and listen to poetry from those who lost loved ones.

Jennifer Reiss was just 11-years-old when she lost her brother, Joshua, a 23-year-old bond trader, working inside the World Trade Center. Now 23, his life and death have new meaning to her.

“I didn’t really realize how young he was until I reached this point. So, tomorrow I plan on waking up and living my life for him because he didn’t get to live past that day.”

The bell tolled to acknowledge each of the terrorist attacks. Then, rang again for each local victim.

The pain may never cease, but inside this memorial, Clara Chirchirillo finds peace, knowing that from darkness, comes light.

“It’s just as hard. I relive that day, absolutely. But, you can see how many people remember and that’s important. I want people to remember my husband and all of the other victims.”

Diana Rocco reports…

Hundreds gathered Wednesday night for the second ceremony held at the Garden of Reflection.

A community remembered the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11th attacks, now 12 years ago at the Remembrance in Light Ceremony.

A bell tolled for each of the 18 victims from Bucks County as their names were read.

“Everyone remembers where they were on September 11th.  And it’s not anything that 12 years later is easier,” said Ellen Saracini. Her husband, Victor Saracini, was Captain of United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into one of the towers. She’s now fighting for legislation in Washington to make cockpits more secure.

“Tonight in this ceremony it’s uplifting, it’s about remembering those people that we lost, but remembering them as people and who they were and celebrating their life,” Saracini said.

At the end of the ceremony, 42 torches were lit in honor of all the children in Pennsylvania who lost parents in the World Trade Center attacks.

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