Former Manchester student memorialized in 9/11 ceremony
On a beautiful, bright sunny day, similar to that tragic day 10 years ago, residents of Manchester gathered in Masconomo Park for a dedication ceremony in memory of a late resident of Manchester who passed away on September 11, 2001. Ralph F. Kershaw was a longtime resident of Manchester and graduated from the then Manchester High School with the class of 1967. He passed away when his plane, United Flight 175, hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. A granite bench was dedicated in his memory under a beach tree that had been planted for him many years ago after 9/11. The bench and tree overlook the beauteous harbor where Ralph enjoyed spending time. Family friend Mary Hardwick put this together and invited many people to speak, including MERHS Vice Principal Paul Murphy. Among the speakers were classmate Kathy Filias-Burroughs, Men’s Recreation League Basketball teammate Joe Willwerth, American Airlines Flight Attendant Heidi Barclay, and Reverend David Forsythe of Manchester. The MERHS Acappella group was invited to sing 2 songs, God Bless America and America the Beautiful. Senior Katerina Eichenberger sang The National Anthem. Flowers were laid on the bench by Ralph’s family at the conclusion of the ceremony.
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