TULLYTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — It’s a heartbreaking ritual repeated each year at the Garden of Reflection as family, friends and first responders gather to pay tribute to those lost on September 11, 2001.
This year the event was not only solemn, but also rainy.
“I say it all the time, I tell my wife, every time it rains it’s the tears of people, angels, looking down on us,” said Robert Rutenburg of Holland, Pennsylvania. “It’s just traumatic every year.”
In addition to witnessing the tragedy while working in New York, Rutenburg lost a number of friends.
Nearly 3,000 people died, including 18 Bucks County victims.
In Tullytown Borough, Bucks County, the community dedicated a new 9/11 memorial that includes a piece of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“The memorial is a long time coming. The actual piece of the south tower was done 12 to 15 years ago,” said David Pearl, Tullytown Borough Firefighter.
With each year and event, the need to remember is emphasized.
In a moving tribute on Sunday night, the crowd lit candles, signifying light after dark.
“There are lessons in history. If you don’t know your history, if you don’t learn from your history, if you don’t remember what’s important in life – then you’re lost,” said Doylestown’s Sara Webster.
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