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Hundreds gather at Sims Park for 9/11 memorial

Suncoast News Suncoast News staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 07:47 PM

Eleven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, tears still flowed among West Pasco spectators who nevertheless displayed their patriotism at a Tuesday night observance.

Hundreds gathered at Sims Park for the annual "Celebration of Our Patriotism" memorial.

Organizers on the 9/11 Memorial Planning Committee do not want adults or children to forget the victims and heroes of that fateful day.

Terrorists flew planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which subsequently collapsed. Another plane dove into the Pentagon while a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.

Pasco County Fire Rescue, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and city of New Port Richey firefighters and police presented the colors.

The Rev. Dennis Hughes, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, in Trinity, delivered a prayer.

Coast Guard Lt. Commander Eric C. Allen recalled the 9/11 attack. He was in New York at the time and feared for his family's safety during the chaos.

U.S. Navy veterans Manuel Rocha, 82, and James Warren, 55, both residents of New Port Richey's Southern Pines Nursing home, were among those who listened to the music of the Richey Concert Band.

Firefighters unfurled and raised the huge American flag, which hung from the New Port Richey Fire Ladder 1 fire truck.

Gene Adamski of Holiday scanned a display of student artwork to locate his daughter Katryna Adamski's patriotic artwork she created in her fourth grade class at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School.