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Published: Wednesday, 9/11/2013 - Updated: 7 months ago

Justice, tributes emerge from 9/11 ceremony at Penta Career Center

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A flag raising and lower in front of Penta Career Center was part of the 9/11 ceremony. A flag raising and lower in front of Penta Career Center was part of the 9/11 ceremony.
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Penta Career Center students gathered today around the entrance of its building and watched from TV screens inside classrooms as the school had its sixth annual Patriot Day Memorial that included a speech from Wood County Sheriff Mark Washylysn. Wasylyshyn.

"It brought our country together," the sheriff said. "We were unified as one country with one goal to bring justice."

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The ceremony at the Perrysburg Township vocational school had a 30-second period of silence for those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn told his story about how he heard the news that day, and later, as a Perrysburg police sergeant, went to New York City to give its police relief time off. 

Austin Fleck said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks led to him want to help others. He plans to go into criminal justice. Austin Fleck said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks led to him want to help others. He plans to go into criminal justice.
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Austin Fleck, a Penta senior criminal justice student from Anthony Wayne, introduced Mr. Wasylyshyn and spoke about the terrorists attack that killed 2,977 people. He also talked about the police, fire, and paramedics that responded to help.

"Due to the brave and courageous acts of all these unselfish heroes, surviving Americans across our country now remember, honor, and pay tribute to our fallen heroes and innocent victims of Sept. 11, 2001 as Patriot's Day," the young Fleck said.

The color guard for Penta raised and then lowered the flag outside the school building to half-staff. That was followed by taps being played on trumpets by students Trevor Harris of Oak Harbor and Matt Elwing-Tresman of Lake.

Penta senior criminal justice student Cole Saunders, of Perrysburg, said he was on a Marine base in first grade when the attacks hit and his dad pulled him out of class.

The flag is bring brought out as part of the Sept. 11, 2001 ceremony at Penta Career Center. The flag is bring brought out as part of the Sept. 11, 2001 ceremony at Penta Career Center.
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"He said he wanted to go to New York to see what he'll go to war to fight for," the young Saunders said after the ceremony. "I remember seeing the twin towers crumbled. We went three our four years later and I remember seeing just fencing and nothing else there."

The young Fleck said he remembered coming home early as a four-year old in kindergarten and "fear was a part of it." He said there was fear of another attack and fear of world devastation.

"War is what I grew up with so I'm dedicated myself to helping others and making the community stronger," he said, referring to his plans to study  criminal justice. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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