Monday, 11 September 2017 18:01

"A way of saying thank you": remembering 9/11 in Belfast Featured

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BELFAST - The tragic events that happened 16 years ago can never be forgotten, but neither can the way the country stood resilient afterwards.

Dozens crowding along Route 1 in Belfast, 16 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"All the innocent people that died, we need to do something," said Gary Philbrick of the Belfast Lions Club.

"It's a way of saying thank you and we won't forget," said Carmine Pecorelli, a veteran.

Early Monday morning, after a prayer and gun salute, the group set out across Memorial Bridge.

"Right at 8:46, right when the first plane hit the tower," said Anthony Kimble, Post Commander for VFW 3108.

"We march across three times to commemorate the three attacks on the U.S.," said Philbrick.

Passing cars honking their horns in support.  New York natives here, thankful.

"The fact that they're doing this here is absolutely incredible," said John Strassenreiter.

"You have to carry on the legacy of those that were there and carry on the patriotism that we show as a nation," said Stephen Gilman, a corrections officer at the Knox County Jail.

On this day, remembering our fallen heroes but also remembering how  the tragedy made us stronger.

"When it happened the country came together," said Kimble.

"That's what happens here in America, I'm getting goosebumps, forgive me. When something like that happens, we unite," said Pecorelli.

"God bless America," said Philbrick.


Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!