POMEROY — A stirring personal account of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, was given by a first responder, Alan Wallace formerly of Middleport, for members of Return Jonathan Meigs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its recent Constitution Week meeting held at the Pomeroy Library.
Wallace spoke of the role he and other firefighters played on that eventful day in Washington D. C. when a plane flew into the Pentagon. He said he happened to be at the Pentagon when the attack occurred and he and some of his associates assigned to the Fort Myer’s firefighters, assisted at the scene. He gave a descriptive account of the events of that day.
In introducing Wallace, DAR Regent Opal Grueser commented that “when he went to work he expected a normal day, not one which turned out to be anything but normal.” In appreciation of his service to the country and sharing history with DAR members, Grueser presented him a national DAR “9-11 We Remember Flag,” “the only flag approved by our government to remind us all of that day,” she said. As a personal gift, she also gave him a handcrafted pen.
Included in the ritualistic opening ceremony was “The Star Spangled Banner” by Keith Ashley. Grueser recognized the local DAR officers, including Dawn Ruhinen, vice regent, along with members of other DAR Chapters, veterans and other active military organizations represented.. The death of Eileen Mattie Buck, a 31 year DAR member, in Arizona on Sept. 6, was noted.
Grueser reported that the local chapter has received a level 11 Chapter Achievement Award from the national organization. Also received was the Service for Veterans Committee’s outstanding support for Veterans Certificate, a state recognition award. A special Constitution Week display was featured at the meeting and remains in place there along with informational material on the DAR.