WEST CHESTER (September 11, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recognized the service of fire, police, and all emergency first responders and called on citizens to unite as they had after September 11, 2001, at two events in Chester County commemorating the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Dinniman attended and spoke at the Knights of Columbus Blue Mass this morning at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Wayne. The Blue Mass honors police, firefighters and other emergency and law enforcement personnel and their families.

Senator Dinniman during a visit to the Coatesville Iron and Steel Heritage Museum earlier this year.

In addition, Dinniman attended the Coatesville Remembers September 11th Commemorative Service today at the Coatesville Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. The museum houses 28 pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center – the largest such collection known in existence.

“September 11, 2001, is not only a constant reminder of the ongoing courage and sacrifice of our local fire, emergency services, and law enforcement personnel, but it also serves as a poignant tribute to the indomitable strength of our nation when we resolve to unite and stand together against any challenge to freedom,” Dinniman said. “On that day and in the years that followed, we showed the world how strong we can be when we stick together and stand with each other in defense of our way of life.”

He also thanked those who have served in our military before and after the attacks and encouraged residents to take a moment today to remember those who gave their lives, as well as those who continue to serve in local fire, police and emergency services.

Dinniman, who serves as Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, said it’s also vitally important that we fully and accurately teach the story of 9-11 and its lessons to the next generation of students and young people.

“For those of us who lived through September 11, 2001, there is no forgetting it,” he said. “But 16 years on, our teachers and schools have a responsibility to teach the attacks and their aftermath to a generation of students who weren’t born until afterward. We have an obligation to our young people and a sacred duty to the fallen to ensure that the story of 9-11 is told and that we continue to learn from it.”

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