Hastert to speak at Flight 93 anniversary

By Staff Daily American

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, who was Speaker on 9/11, will deliver remarks at the annual observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

This year’s commemoration will be highlighted by the first public display of the Congressional Gold Medal that will be presented to Flight 93 National Memorial by U.S House and Senate leaders in a private ceremony at the United States Capitol on September 10.

Enacted on December 23, 2011, the Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act directed that a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award the United States Congress can bestow, be struck for each of the 9/11 sites to honor the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks. The Flight 93 National Memorial medal will be presented at the memorial for the first time during the September 11 observance and will remain on display through Sunday, September 14. This will be the only opportunity to view the medal until it goes on permanent display in the new Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center, scheduled to be dedicated in September 2015.

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Sons of Port Authority cops killed on 9/11 join the force

By Larry Celona and Leonard Greene New York Post

Liam Huczko will be among the new Port Authority police graduates, following in the footsteps of his father who was killed on 9/11. Photo Gabriella Bass

Liam Huczko will be among the new Port Authority police graduates, following in the footsteps of his father who was killed on 9/11. Photo Gabriella Bass

Two badges of honor will be resurrected this week when the sons of Port Authority police officers killed in the 9/11 attacks button up their uniforms and follow in their brave fathers’ footsteps.

Liam Huczko, 26, and Patrick Gorman, 24, grew up idolizing their fathers, and were grief-stricken when their dads made the ultimate sacrifice.

But the line-of-duty deaths that resulted from the terrorist strikes did nothing to discourage the proud sons from a career in law enforcement.
If anything, the attacks emboldened them.

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Renewed remembrance: Lawrence firefighters 9/11 mural restored, ready for re-dedication

By Jill Harmacinski Eagle Tribune

Jimmy Flynn of the Lawrence Fire Department and Firefighter Timmy Boutin look at the 9-11 mural that was restored this summer, Photo Amy Sweeney

Jimmy Flynn of the Lawrence Fire Department and Firefighter Timmy Boutin look at the 9-11 mural that was restored this summer, Photo Amy Sweeney

LAWRENCE, MA — In April, faded by time, wind and weather, the giant mural that memorializes firefighters who gave their lives at Ground Zero was temporarily removed from a cement wall next to a city firehouse on South Broadway.

Now, four months later, with bold, refreshed colors visible after 90 hours of repair and painting, the mural of remembrance is nearly ready to be re-dedicated.

Firefighters will officially unveil the mural again on Thursday, September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said Lt. James Flynn, a 30-year Lawrence Fire Department veteran who led the effort to restore the 9-11 mural.

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