|Students, educators and staff at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Training Center in Hollywood, MD, observe a moment of silence to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.|
Like many throughout the country, the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks gave IAM members a chance to reflect. The Machinists Union lost three members that day, and countless others know someone directly affected by the tragedies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, PA.
Click here to watch a new Machinists News Network video of a ceremony at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education & Technology Center.
Alex Catalan, a Marine who is now a Local 933 Chief Steward and firefighter at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ, was given the honor of lowering the American flag at the WWW Center.
Students, educators and staff gathered around the flag pole as Catalan lowered the flag to half-staff.
“It’s not so much because we’re honoring and respecting the death of those individuals, which we are, but we’re showing the families support,” said Catalan. “Even though we can’t help them mourn any easier and we can’t bring their loved ones back, we can all mourn together and we truly are a family.”
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