Marine vets will lead observance of 9/11 tragedy

Department of Defense photo/U.S. Navy
Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Leon E. Panetta points out some of the photos of
the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 that
crashed in Pennsylvania.

U.S., citizens and Costa Ricans will gather at a small park in Sabana Norte this morning to mark the tragedy 11 years ago that changed the world.

The Marine Corps League will be conducting the 11 a.m. ceremony, and U.S. Embassy staffers have said that they will attend as will members of other veterans groups.

The park is called 11 de setiembre after the date when Muslim terrorists used four planes to inflict harm on the United States. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Towers in New York City. One plane, perhaps with the White House as a target, crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Another plowed into the Pentagon.

The observance this year has been characterized as low keyed. But in New York there are plans to read the names of all those who died in the twin towers and in a prior terrorist attack.

Monday Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta toured the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville and called the passengers and crew of the ill-fated plane American heroes, said the Department of Defense, adding that he placed a wreath at the memorial on the site.

The attacks triggered the Iraq war in which many U.S. service members, including Costa Rican-Americans, lost their lives.

Panetta said the United States is stronger and safer as a result of the sacrifices in Shanksville, and as a result of the tremendous sacrifice of those who have served this nation over these last 10 years.

The park in Sabana Norte is some 200 meters north of the Subway outlet east of the towering Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad building on the highway that parallels Parque la Sabana. That highway is Avenida de Américas, although it almost never is called that. The park also is just north of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce Building and east of the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano.

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