LOWER MAKEFIELD TWP., Pa. - September 11, 2011 --It was a somber ceremony under partly cloudy skies, where people came to reflect on what happened 10 years ago.
Families and friends of the 17 Bucks County victims of 9/11, along with those who didn't know them, gathered at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield Sunday afternoon.Deborah Senko, spoke of her husband Larry who died when the towers collapsed. "Please watch over us. If you guide us I know we will make you proud. I will miss you and honor you all the days of my life. Thank you for loving me," said Senko. Gary Olsen remembers his friend Jim Berger, a father of three. "After the north tower was struck Jim acted quickly to move 156 of his colleagues ultimately saving his life and sacrificing his own," said Olsen. A bell was wrung to commemorate when the plane hit the two towers, the Pentagon ,and the field in Shanksville. There were prayers for those lost and the families they left behind. "Their pit is far deeper. The horror of what their loved ones endured, the terrible absence of their presence will remain. Their ground zero will never be filled in completely," Time may move, lives may change but the promise is to never forget. "No closure. A day like today is even more painful to go through it again," said Hank Chirnoff. "We talk about 3,000 people, but each one of these people had someone who loved them, someone who cared for them, a family and a community. This is such a special place," said Judy Reiff. At the end, family members of the victims had time to walk the memorial privately and reflect before the twin towers of water and the panels etched with the names of their loved ones. The Bucks County families were invited to Ground Zero to take part in the ceremonies there, but they chose instead to be where their loved ones lived and not where they perished.