WOBURN – State Representative Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn) attended the 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Lions Park (Horn Pond) in Woburn to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The somber ceremony paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, including 206 Massachusetts residents or natives and more than 400 first responders. The ceremony also honored the over 70 Lions Club members who lost their lives that day.
In his remarks, Rep. Haggerty remembered the lives lost and hailed the bravery of first responders who rushed into danger that fateful day. “We honor more than 400 first responders, we remember the 206 people who were either residents or natives of our commonwealth, who lost their lives in the attacks – in total, almost 3000 innocent lives were taken that day. The bravery of the first responders who courageously rushed toward the blazing buildings to assist those in need and guide them to safety cannot be overstated,” he said.
Along with Rep. Haggerty, the ceremony was attended by Mayor Galvin, City Council President Mike Concannon, City Council members, and other local community leaders. The Representative thanked the Woburn Police and Fire Departments for safeguarding the community each and every day.
Rep. Haggerty also called on all Americans to remember the spirit of unity and compassion that emerged days and weeks after 9/11. “While two decades have passed, the emotions and memories of 9/11 are still vivid. We must summon the spirit of unity, compassion, and sacrifice we felt in the aftermath of that tragic day. Let us honor those we lost by recognizing that the true strength of America lies in its people. In unity, we find our strength – out of many, we are one. ” Rep. Haggerty stated.
The 9/11 remembrance ceremony is held annually at Lions Park. A memorial was erected in 2021, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the current Lion Cubs who attend the Joyce Middle School. Rep. Haggerty thanked the Lions Club for holding the 9/11 ceremony, keeping the memory of 9/11 alive in the community, and bringing people together each year on the solemn anniversary.