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Tickets for 9/11 event available

Free tickets will be available beginning Sunday for the upcoming Central Pennsylvania commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The community event – rooted in faith, patriotism, and civic pride – will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona.

Among the highlights will be a Walk of Honor, recognizing local police officers, firefighters, medical workers, military members, and religious leaders.

“We are especially proud to acknowledge the bravery and support of those individuals,” said Tony DeGol, a member of the 9/11 anniversary committee. “They are everyday heroes who make our community safer and stronger, and it is our privilege to salute them.”

The featured speaker will be Jim O’Bryon, a national defense and security consultant who held a senior position at the Pentagon at the time of the 9/11 attacks and survived the assault on the building.

Jim Worthing and Kera O’Bryon will be among the featured vocalists. Worthing is a singer/songwriter from Nashville; O’Bryon, originally of Bel Air, Maryland, is a singer, actress, and voice-over artist who began performing with her family at the age of three.

Also featured at the event will be the Altoona Youth Orchestra, the Altoona Community Band, and the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus.

“Besides the powerful presentations and beautiful music, this event allows Central Pennsylvanians to come together to remember the lives lost on that fateful day, to recognize the sacrifices made since then, and to celebrate our pride in America,” DeGol added.

Admission to the 9/11 commemoration is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona; Thompson Pharmacy in Altoona and Hollidaysburg; Greenwood Pools and Spas in Altoona; the Gingrich Insurance Agency in Altoona; the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce; the Pastry Box in Bellwood; Garland Supply in Martinsburg; Roaring Spring True Value; and Martin General Store in Claysburg and Williamsburg.

Active military members, religious leaders, police officers, firefighters, and medical workers are invited to register for the Walk of Honor, which will be introduced by Vietnam veteran and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Rocky Bleier.

Visit 911-anniversary.weebly.com and click on the Walk of Honor registration button at the bottom of the homepage.

The website also contains more information about the commemoration.

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