People in Pike County commemorated 9/11 with a solemn ceremony held in Milford this morning.
It’s been 19 years since the deadliest terror attack ever to take place on American soil…
Today people came together with the vow to never forget the 3-thousand people who perished in those attacks.
“It’s still fresh in a lot of people’s minds and to me it feels like yesterday. “
John Kupillas will never forget where he was on September 11, 2001.
“We were two blocks away. Me and my wife both worked down in Manhattan.”
He calls the scene terrifying- watching as the 2nd plane crashed into the world trade center.
“I watched the second plane fly in. That sticks with you and it will stick with me for the rest of my life. “
And it’s a memory that still haunts him.
“All I could think was there another plane coming, what’s going to happen next, can we get out of Manhattan. “
More than 50 people attended today’s ceremony at Veterans Park in Milford. Some lost close friends in the attack.
“It was heartbreaking “
Greg Protsko was only a couple blocks away when the first tower was hit.
“I was parking a bus when the first tower got hit and then I watched as the second tower got hit. “
Protsko’s unit was dispatched an hour later to help clear the bodies.
“It was a horrific scene “
But while both men are still grappling with the aftermath of 9/11
“It was a start of a war that has yet to end. “
“ I am still traumatized from it, my wife is still traumatized from it and many friends are as well.”
They both call it critical to never forget the 3-thousand lives that were lost.
“We always need to remember what happened that day
“We need to always remember our history or else we are bound to repeat it. “