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9/11 Committee Unveils New Plaque to Fallen Soldiers

The names of seven soldiers killed in the war on terror will be added next week to a 9/11 memorial in Scranton
People around the nation will pause next week to remember the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001.

In Lackawanna County, the names of seven soldiers killed in the war on terror will be added to a memorial at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

The 9/11 memorial committee unveiled a new plaque it plans to put on its memorial next Wednesday.

"I want them (people) to remember that these individuals sacrifices are so we can have the lives we have today, to be able to live free, practice our own religions and be Americans," 9/11 Memorial Committee Vice Chairman Pat O'Malley said.

The committee also took action after hearing about vandalism at another 9/11 memorial at Nay Aug Park this summer.

The group reached into its pocket to donate $250 towards the Sergeant Jan Argonish Ride. That money will be used to replace a 9/11 monument vandalized at Nay Aug Park earlier this summer. A plaque was pried off a stone and stolen.

"I was angry that people could go up there and damage a monument to a man who was a neighbor, a friend, a son," 9/11 memorial chairman Charlie Spano said.

The father of Jan Argonish, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007, accepted the money. He calls the vandalism at Nay Aug Park "senseless."

"When I drove up and saw that it was missing, I couldn't believe it. I could not believe it," Argonish said.

After initial concerns that a similiar plaque could be found as a replacement, Argonish says one is on the way.

"Its been ordered and hopefully when it comes in, everything is going to work out," Argonish said.

"These memorials that we have are to remember our heroes and people have to leave them alone," O'Malley said.

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