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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Commander Schacher: New Yorkers and Americans Stood Resolute

    Commander Schacher, overlooking the new World Trade Center buildings and 9/11 Memorial.

    Commander Schacher, overlooking the new World Trade Center buildings and 9/11 Memorial.

    “New Yorkers and Americans stood resolute” when “terrorists sought to disrupt our way of life,” Department Commander Gary Schacher declared during a 9/11 Remembrance Service in New York City Tuesday.

    The event was hosted by Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291.

    Commander Schacher was on an official visitation to New York County, where he got to see the World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial as well as other sights and events. (See more photos.) Joining him were Department Auxiliary President Marie Mock, Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Jim Coates, and Legion Riders Director Bob Wallace.

    Here is the speech the commander gave:

    “September 11th is a day that we pause in solemn remembrance of those who lost their lives during attacks that shook the globe, spurring the War on Terror that has been waged since.

    “On that day, when terrorists sought to disrupt our way of life, New Yorkers and Americans stood resolute in support of our values and beliefs, proudly refusing to let our spirits be broken. For many members of the American Legion, September 11th was the day that they answered the call to defend our nation. As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I am proud to have served alongside men and women who helped our nation show the world that when you attack the American way of life, we become stronger.

    “The American Legion will never forget your sacrifices and is here to support you and all New Yorkers impacted by the events of September 11th.

    “God Bless the United States of America.”