Sigonella Sailors Honor Italian 9/11 Victims

Story Number: NNS080917-10Release Date: 9/17/2008 4:21:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan P. Idle, Naval Air Station Sigonella Public Affairs

NISSORIA, Sicily (NNS) -- Sailors from Naval Air Station Sigonella gathered with local nationals in Nissoria, to honor two locals who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Sept. 11, 2001.

The memorial began in the Catholic church on the main street of the town with a special mass to honor Vincenzo Di Fazio and Salvatore Lopes, Nissoria natives who lost their lives.

Following the service, a precession walked down the main street to a memorial park outside of the local museum.

Nissoria Mayor Filippo Buscemi addressed the attendees.

"It's important because we know every day that the terrorist threat is still out there," Buscemi said. "We invite all the Italian and U.S. military and police forces because we must remain diligent and to fight for peace, which means achieving peace through strength."

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