The muffled sounds of jets flying high above the Garden of Reflection September 11, 2001 memorial in Lower Makefield were heard Tuesday morning as speakers recalled the tragic attacks that took place 17 years ago.
Although time has passed, the pain felt by the friends and family of the 18 Bucks County residents who perished in the attacks remains.
Rev. Doug Hoglund of Woodside Church in Lower Makefield talked about the “wounds and scars” from the attacks.
“You can’t go through life without collecting a few,” he said. “This day, we remember America’s scars.”
“The scars are real and they are deep.”
Tara Bane, whose husband Micheal died in the attacks on New York City, said she looks back to 2001 and remembers the little moments with her husband.
“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we saw demonstrated once again the strength and resilience of the American people,” said attorney Scott Fegley, a former Lower Makefield supervisor. “This is the best of America.”
Fegley said that although Americans are divided, they should look to one another to unite.
“If each of us does our part to help heal a divided nation, and promote civil debate where there if difference of opinion, then we will assure that the lives of all who were lost on 9-11 shall not have been in vain,” he said.
Mahan Rishi Khalsa called for the “global family” to come together and look into their hearts.
Through a light drizzle, hundreds of people came to the memorial throughout the day to reflect and leave behind flowers.