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Scotland pays 9/11 heroes tribute
Cathcart Old Parish Church
Parishioners and charity volunteers pay their personal tributes
Firefighters and police officers who died in the 9/11 attacks on New York have been remembered at a memorial service in Glasgow.

Tributes were paid at Old Cathcart Parish Church to 343 firefighters and 37 Port Authority Police Officers who lost their lives.

Charity volunteers from Glasgow the Caring City project also attended.

The group has provided holidays in Scotland to about 50 children who lost their fathers in the attack.

Reverend Neil Galbraith described the service as looking forward while also reflecting on the past.

The project was set up by Glasgow the Caring City, under the guidance of Rev Galbraith, the charity's chief executive.

It has been five years, a period when slowly the New York City Fire Department has been turning to the light
Serena Joyce, Special Assistant to the Fire Commissioner

The service was held as a remembrance for the victims of 9/11 and was entitled "children we know and the friends we have made".

While the congregation sang the hymn Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, the flags of the Fire Department of New York and the Port Authority Police of NY and NJ - gifted to Glasgow the Caring City - were carried into the church.

A letter was read out from Barbara Mahon, the family liaison officer with the Port Authority Police.

She said: "Glasgow the Caring City has been incredibly supportive and its involvement with our families had a very positive effect on them and me."

Ms Mahon said the children and their mothers were "forever grateful".

Extraordinary individuals

Inverclyde Provost Ciano Rebecchi read out a letter from Serena Joyce, Special Assistant to the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Department of New York.

It read: "It has been five years, a period when slowly the New York City Fire Department has been turning to the light.

"We hope to one day feel it full on our faces.

People in Glasgow reflected on lives lost and friends made

"Glasgow the Caring City and Cathcart Old Parish are made up of some pretty extraordinary individuals.

"Never have I received such a warm, forthright and selfless welcome in my life."

Rev Galbraith said the charity and congregation in Glasgow had done a "powerful job in healing".

He added: "We were given the privilege of working with those children, including teenagers and babies who had never seen their father.

"If anyone takes anything way from this service, let's take hope and the goal of peace."

Parishioners and charity volunteers placed white flowers at the foot of a golden cross to symbolize a hope for peace as Over the Rainbow was played.

Rev Galbraith said the flowers were also for those victims who suffered in Madrid, Bali, London, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as New York.

He said the flowers were for those soldiers who had died in conflict and for the aircrew at RAF Kinloss who lost their lives in Afghanistan last week.

The memorial service which cam from Cathcart is expected to be screened to families in New York this week.

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