Over 1,000 patriots packed the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Sept 11.
A beachfront lawn on Jackson Ave played host to the annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony: 20 year anniversary of the attack on America. Close to 3,000 died on that day. The worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
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Each year, locals pay tribute to those who lost their lives, with extra focus on Atlantic City natives Victor Saracini and John O’neill.
Victor Saracini was captain of United Airlines Flight 175. Terrorists hijacked the plane and flew it into one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
John O’Neill, a former counter-terrorism expert, was the World Trade Center Security Director.
The somber event was backdropped by a massive 30 by 50 ft American flag, and a sand sculpture featuring Saracini and O’Neill.
Hats off to event organizers, Bob Pantalena and Pam Paparone.
The Saracini-O’Neill Atlantic City 9/11 Memorial is a private 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization dedicated to remembering those individuals who perished on September 11, 2001 and in our subsequent military response to worldwide terrorism.
AC 9/11 Memorial Mission Statement:
Provide a yearly Saracini-O’Neill Atlantic City 9/11 Memorial ceremony worthy of those who perished on September 11, 2001. In honor of these fallen heroes, family, friends, and visitors can mourn their deaths, remember and celebrate their lives. Our motto is “Lest We Forget”.
Click to learn more about Atlantic City 9-11 Memorial.
Atlantic City Mayor, Marty Small, was invited to speak but declined and did not attend.