This September marks a decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001. The attacks of that morning affected millions of people around the world and permanently changed the lives of many people.
Burlington was also tragically affected on that day. The town lost four people in the attacks, pilot Thomas F. McGuinness, Jr., coach Jim Trentini and his wife Mary Trentini and Robert Jay Hayes. To honor their memory the town constructed a 9/11 Memorial on the Burlington Town Commons with the names of the people lost that day and a plaque that reads "Always Flying High."
Burlington also lost a son in Operation Iraqi Freedom. L/Cpl Greg MacDonald died on June 25, 2003 while serving his country in Iraq when the light armored vehicle he was traveling in rolled over.
On the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, Burlington will hold a special ceremony to remember the events of Sept. 11 and to honor the people lost on that day and in the military response to terrorism.
The event will take place on the Town Common on Sunday, Sept. 11. The ceremony will run from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30am. The service will be at the town's 9/11 Memorial and Flag Pole across from the Fire Station. There will be a collation on the common after the ceremony.
Burlington Director of Veteran Affairs Robert Hogan said this of the memorial service:
"We are holding this ceremony because it is important to us. It is important to remember our friends who died that day, to remember a young man who died too young in a country too far from home, and to honor the First Responders who died that day in New York, and honor our First Responders here in Burlington."