Golf community hosts fundraising tournament in honor of 9/11 victims and first responders

LELAND, NC (WECT) – On a day when most of the United States observes a silent memory, a community has gathered by the hundreds to honor those lost on September 11 and support the families of first responders who still give their all today.

Twenty years later, those at Ground Zero like NYPD Sgt. Lupé Sarracino remembers it like it was yesterday.

“I was there when the second building collapsed and it was chaos,” Sarracino said. “A day like this gives us hope.

Today, Compass Pointe is hosting a golf tournament in honor of the lives lost that day. To kick off the tournament, the community held a commemorative ceremony, flying the American flag on a brand new flag pole. Before being hoisted into the sky, the flag flew over Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Amid recent events in Afghanistan, Saturday’s ceremony and Compass Pointe’s support touched the Marines who attended the ceremony in more ways than one.

“Losing those 12 Marines was not easy for anyone,” said Sgt. Lucas Boudreau, a Marine stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina. “Whether you know them or not, you always know what they went through, so it was difficult.”

Whether it is a police or military uniform, they are more than just colleagues, working in the same career field or in the same office.

“They are your brothers. They are your sisters. There is a link there, ”Sarracino said. “They become your family.”

While Sarracino and Boudreau mourn the loss of their family by choice, they are many families at home who mourn the loss of a father, daughter, sister or brother. This is why the organizers have chosen to support Tunnels to Towers.

“Anytime law enforcement, first responders, servicemen are killed or injured, they provide a house and a mortgage,” said Richard Hogan, a former NYFD captain who helped organize the event. Saturday. “Their family… it’s very difficult, but they don’t have to worry. If they have mostly young people, they will have a house and the mortgage will be paid. “

With Saturday’s only golf tournament, Compass Pointe expects to raise $ 20,000 for families mourning the loss of a loved one who gave up everything so their neighbors can live in peace and security.

“I hope that a day like today will strengthen what our country is,” said Tim Jacob, a former New York firefighter who responded to the attack on the Twin Towers. “We’ve had some problems lately, but days like today can really bring everyone together to understand that America is great.”

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