Victims, heroes and military veterans during and following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 were honored Friday evening (September 11, 2015) during Tamaqua’s Annual 9/11 Remembrance Service held at the South Ward Playground.
The service also paid tribute to the late Cecilia “Jackie” Jones, one of Tamaqua’s remembrance service’s founders. Jackie, 78, along with her daughters Michelle Mehallic and Shelly Bonser, chose to create the annual event for the one year anniversary of the terror attacks. Jackie, also known as “Nanny Jones” served as the guiding force and president of the playground association for decades. She passed away in March of a collapsed lung and heart failure.
Former Tamaqua Mayor Richard Hadesty once again served as master of ceremonies.
Pastor Ed Noftz of New Life Assembly Church provided the invocation. Scheduled participants included Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army, George Haldeman of the South Ward Fire Company, vocalist Dolinda Linkhorst, state Representative Jerry Knowles, Tamaqua Council President Micah Gursky, Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman, Schuylkill County Commissioners George Halcovage Jr. and Gary Hess, District Magistrate Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison, the American Legion Riders, Andrew Leibenguth, Emma Weaver and Nick Boyle. Becky Hartranft and D.J. Fredericks played taps.
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