Hummels Wharf Fire Company Dedicates 9/11 MemorialArticle - Sunday, September 11, 2011
On September 11, 2011, the Hummels Wharf fire Company dedicated its' 9-11 Memorial. The Dedication ceremony was attended by over 200 people, mostly residents of Monroe Township. Fire Company President Bruce Bickel told the audience that "We are here today to honor those who died that day and all those who have given their lives since protecting our freedom." Chief Jeff Buckley welcomed everyone and said that "This Memorial will stand as a testament of our dedication to the residents of Monroe Township and to each other." Centered between the "Twin Towers" is a metal and glass case displaying a four foot steel beam from the World Trade Center, a piece of Limestone from the Pentagon, and an urn holding archive soil from within the boundaries of the Flight 93 Memorial. Bronze plaques on each of the "Twin Towers" dedicate the memorial to those who perished, to first responders and military who have dedicated their lives to protecting America, and to the members of the Hummels Wharf Fire Company. "Taps" was played by Mr. Bob Noll, "Amazing Grace" was played on the bagpipes by Greg hood accompanied by drummer Matt Nachtway both from the Reliance Hose Company, Middleburg, and the National Anthem and "Hero" was sung by Miss Gabrielle Pagana. The invocation and blessing was presented by Rev. Jeremy Smallwood form the D.H. & L. Co., Selinsgrove. The dedication ceremony ended by Deputy Chief John G. Grove, stating that " We hereby dedicate ourselves and this memorial to stand as a testament of the sacrifices made in the past and the promises made for the future." The memorial is located on Mill Road, in front of the Hummels Wharf Fire Station.