15th anniversary of 9/11: Never Forget

Headline Surfer photo / A 1995 display photo of the late Arty Pommerantz, a Pulitzer-photo-journalism finalist who had retired from the New York Post when he presented the image to Henry Frederick, at that time a metro reporter covering cops & courts for The Journal-News of Rockland, Westchester & Putnam counties in West Nyack, NY., before taking a similar job with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade before launching the internet news outlet in 2008.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Wendell and Anita Bradford, like millions of Americans, are praying ask for prayers for all of the families, friends and first responders who suffer every day because of the 9/11 attack on our country 15 years ago today. Like millions of Americans across the country and countless people around the globe, they remember the all-too-real horror that came with with two hijacked airliners slamming into the Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center, a third airliner striking the Pentagon and a fourth crashing in a vacant field in Shanksville, Penn, by doomed passengers who stormed the cockpit to avert a likely strike on the White House or Capitol Building.

"Our country has come together to rebuild a monument, but this will never eliminate the pain and suffering endured by everyone involved." Anita Bradford told Headline Surfer on the eve of the anniversary. "There are many lives that have continued to be shattered due to 9-11. We have family and close friends who are still suffering from PTSD and other elements because of their dedication and honor to help those in need."

Added her husband, Wendell Bradford, a retired Seminole County sheriff's deputy, "May God bless all the men and women who stepped forward to help countless victims. Bless the families who have lost loved ones and help them through this sad day of remembrance. They may have taken our towers, but they will never take our dignity, honor and respect." 

Headline Surfer decided to lead off its story of remembrance of 9/11 and the internet news provider's continuing theme "Never Forget" with the Bradfords of Deltona because of their ongoing commitments to public service and charitable works locally.

Anita and Wendell Bradford of Deltona reflect on 15th anniversary of 9/11"Our country has come together to rebuild a monument, but this will never eliminate the pain and suffering endured by everyone involved." Anita Bradford told Headline Surfer on the eve of the anniversary. " There are many lives that have continued to be shattered due to 9-11. We have family and close friends who are still suffering from PTSD and other elements because of their dedication and honor to help those in need."

Added her husband, Wendell Bradford, a retired Seminole County sheriff's deputy, "May God bless all the men and women who stepped forward to help countless victims. Bless the families who have lost loved ones and help them through this sad day of remembrance. They may have taken our towers, but they will never take our dignity, honor and respect." 

Headline Surfer decided to lead off its story of remembrance of 9/11 and the internet news provider's continuing theme "Never Forget" with the Bradfords of Deltona because of their ongoing commitments to public service and charitable works locally.

Anita Bradford is running for a seat on the Deltona City Commission in the Nov. 8 general elections and Wendell Bradford, who retired from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office as a deputy earlier this year, ran for Sheriff of Volusia County, finishing fourth among five candidates in the Aug. 30 primary. Both have been active for years in charity events and civic causes in Volusia and Seminole counties.

The American flag flies in front of Daytona Beach, FL resident Shirley Dacenzo's home on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 / Headline SurferPDaytona Beach resident Shirley Dacenzo remembers 9/11 / Headline Surferhotos for Headline Surfer / Shirley Dacenzo, aoke today on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 to see an Amewrican flag on her flagpole in front of her Daytona Beach home. It was a year and a day ago that her husband, Robert Dacenzo Sr. died. So seeing the American flag flying outside her beachside home made her day more pleasant.

For Daytona Beach resident Shirley Dacenzo, widowed since Sept. 12 of last year, the 15th anniversary of 9/11 -- a year and a day after her husband, Robert Dacenzo Sr.,  died after an illness -- she awoke this morning to a pleasant surprise that made her day more far less depressing.

"How awesome is this?" asked Dacenzo, 53, a dining room hostess with Volusia County Schools. "I woke up this morning with an American Flag on my flag pole outside. My neighbor's husband put it up. I couldn't believe it - it brought tears to my eyes."

Dacenzo, reflected on the day terrorism struck American soil in an apocalyptic fashion.

"I was getting ready for a short weather update at 8:55 a.m. when the network coverage abruptly changed to talk of a 'small' plane hitting the World Trade Center," she recalled. Cameras caught the second jet hitting the second tower and I just remember being stunned that this was really happening."

Dacenzo said that moment in time is etched in her memory, a decade-and-a-half later.

"Every time I see (footage replayed) of that second plane, I am overcome with emotion and get goosebumps," Dacenzo said. "I will never forget that day and the way we all felt as we watched this tragedy unfold right before our eyes. Rest in peace to all of those who lost their lives and pray for the people that have lost a loved one 15 years ago today. We will never forget."

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.