September 17, 2019
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Walkers remember 9/11 in Belfast

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
People walked across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast Wednesday morning to remember the events of 9/11.

BELFAST, Maine — It’s been 18 years, but the emotion and the horror of the 9/11 attacks has not faded for Joanna Deetjen of Newport.

“It still makes me cry,” she said Wednesday during the annual 9/11 remembrance walk in Belfast.

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Dozens of veterans and others turned out Wednesday morning for the Belfast Lions Club's annual 9/11 remembrance walk across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast. One participant, Joanna Deetjen of Newport, said that she came out of remembrance and respect. "It still makes me cry," she said of that day.

Not long after the four hijacked airplanes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people altogether, Deetjen went to New York City. What she saw there has stuck with her.

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Flags waved Wednesday morning as people walked across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast to remember the events of 9/11.

“The buildings were still smoldering at that point,” she said, adding that she wanted to participate in the walk to show her “remembrance and respect.”

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
The Belfast Lions Club started the 9/11 walk across the Veterans Memorial Bridge many years ago. This year, dozens of veterans, Lions Club members and others took part in the walk.

Deetjen was among dozens who crossed the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast, carrying American flags and the weight of the memories of that day with them. Cars traveling on U.S. Route 1, towers over the bridge, honked in support as they marched. A moody gray sky made an apt backdrop for the event, which is held by the Belfast Lions Club.

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Joanna Deetjen, center, of Newport was among the people who walked across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast on Wednesday morning to remember the events of 9/11. "It still makes me cry," she said.

Steve Brown, a Vietnam-era veteran, is the bugler at the Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 in Belfast, and always plays at the beginning of the walk.

“Every year, it’s an honor,” he said.

 



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