While ocean waves pummeled onto the shore of Nantasket Beach, residents and politicians remembered the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 that took nearly 3,000 American lives.
United States Congressman Steven Lynch recalls that that fateful Tuesday, a special election was held and his name was on the ballot. Lynch was victorious and as a result gained the title he now holds, but he says by that time D.C was a different place.
“There was an artillery placement, an anti-aircraft gun outside of our apartment in Washington, D.C and there were tank barriers everywhere. The city had changed overnight,” says Lynch
Looking back 11 years later, Lynch believes the intentions of the 9/11 terrorists were to ruin the progress America has made in creating equal rights for all citizens, “The extremists were threatened by the personal freedoms. Rights that I remind you are completely nonexistent in the areas of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban. So it’s important to remember those ideals that really make us the nation we are; it’s the reason that we have men and women in uniform in Afghanistan today.”
More than 200 Massachusetts residents died on September 11th, 2001.
The State Secretary of Veterans’ Services, Coleman Nee, spoke at the remembrance ceremony. He notes that Massachusetts and the rest of the nation continues to lose loved ones because of a battle U.S soldiers are still selflessly fighting in more than a decade after 9/11.
“Sacrifices such as though made by South Shore native and Marine, Brian McPhillips of Pembroke who was killed by small arms fire in the invasion of Baghdad in April of 2003. Lieutenant McPhillips was 25 years old when he died. We must not forget any of these men and women,” says Nee
State Senator Bob Hedlund and Representative Garret Bradley also spoke at the ceremony and thanked the Town of Hull for loyally remembering September 11th, 2001.
Congressman Steven Lynch