Carnival rides at Watersedge Park stopped running on Saturday evening as attendees sung the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
During a weekend of fun at the Watersedge Fall Festival, which drew crowds from all around the area, attendees took a break on Saturday to reflect on the day that changed the world.
“I remember the day after 9/11, every house, every business in Dundalk had the American flag outside,” Del. Bob Long said on stage at the fair. He recalled the somber unity of the country on Sept. 12, saying that he hoped to see a day where Americans came together like that again.
Councilman Todd Crandell brought onstage a piece of steel from the twin towers which was gifted, in the years following the attacks, to Dundalk by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg when Dundalk was deemed one of the most patriotic places in America.
Crandell said he was proud that Dundalk had that honor, and encouraged fair attendees to touch the steel and reflect on the attacks, and the bravery of the first responders who risked their lives for others on that day.
The councilman keeps the I-beam on display in his office at Eastpoint Mall.
The somber remembrance ceremony on Saturday also featured a color guard from the American Legion Post 38, and was headlined by Norm Seifert, a Vietnam veteran and retired mail carrier who delivered mail in Watersedge for many years.
The fair, held annually by the Watersedge Rec Council, ran Friday through Sunday at Watersedge Park and featured rides, games, music, vendors, food and, on Saturday morning, a car show.