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Rockton American Legion Post 332 held its third annual 9/11: Never Forget Tribute on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The annual ceremony pays tribute to the first responders, military personnel and their families.
Illinois state Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) spoke at the event. Cabello was a member of the Winnebago County Board and the Harlem Township Board before his tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives.
He was joined at the tribute by Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) of the 35th District of Boone.
Illinois state Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park)
The tribute marked the 18th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The event is held annually by tribute organizer Brenda Brugger, whose son was in Marine boot camp on 9/11. Her daughter soon joined the National Guard.
Several other lawmakers and police units were in attendance to reflect on the impact of the 18th anniversary. Brugger shared a story of her relief as a parent when her two children returned home after their deployment to Iraq.