BUCKS COUNTY (CBS) — Bucks County lost 18 people in the 9-11 attacks. On the eve of the 15th anniversary, community members gathered at the Garden of Reflection in Yardley to honor those innocent victims.
“It is so important we never forget the sacrifices made that day,” Jim Stevens said, as he addressed the crowd. On that fateful day, Stevens was at home packing for a business trip. He lost several colleagues and friends inside the Twin Towers.
By candlelight, dozens of people, with tears in their eyes, remembered the 2,977 victims.
Jennifer Reiss was just 11 years old when she lost her older brother Josh, who was working in Tower 1 for Cantor Fitzgerald.
“It’s so important that his memory lives on, that I take this painful situation and expose it to the world because I don’t want him to forgotten,” she said. “We will never forget. We will always have the scar, but it’s now a scar, it’s no longer a wound.”
To close the ceremony, the community joined in on a performance of “God Bless America,” singing in unison with hope in their hearts for the future.
“Peace is among us and that even the little kids who weren’t there or anything that they know that there is peace among our county and there is light after the darkness,” said Olivia Maratea, a 15 year old who performed “Let there be peace on Earth” with Sing Voice Studio.
Sunday, on the 15th anniversary, there will be two remembrance ceremonies at the 9-11 memorial, one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 7 p.m.