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International ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary

9/11 responder at Peace Arch memorial: ‘Their sacrifice humbles me’

New York City Police Sgt. Kevin Lynch talks about his experience 16 years ago, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Lynch was among the guests at a ceremony to mark the anniversary at Peace Arch Park in Blaine.
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New York City Police Sgt. Kevin Lynch talks about his experience 16 years ago, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Lynch was among the guests at a ceremony to mark the anniversary at Peace Arch Park in Blaine.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers gathered at the U.S.-Canada border for the 16th year Monday to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

A ceremony at the Peace Arch crossing in Blaine featured four representatives of the New York City Police and Fire departments who served at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day when terrorists flew two jetliners into the iconic Manhattan buildings; a third aircraft crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. Among the 9/11 dead were 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers.

Those in attendance Monday included Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, Vancouver (B.C.) Police Superintendent Mike Porteous and Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen.

Monday’s event was sponsored by Honour House, which helps Canadian military veterans; Behind the Badge Foundation, for families of Washington state law enforcement officers; and nw911memorial.org.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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