Norwin grads killed in 9/11 attacks remembered with a plaque
Two Norwin High School graduates who were among the first victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, were remembered Saturday in a memorial ceremony at the Norwin High School Veterans Memorial.
A plaque with the names of Brian Dale, class of 1976, and David Kovalcin, class of 1977, who were aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the World Trade Center Tower North on that fateful day, was unveiled Saturday morning on a bench in front of the memorial.
About 100 people, including members of both the Dale and Kovalcin families and school officials, were at the 20-minute ceremony conducted by the Norwin Air Force Junior ROTC.
Edward Kovalcin of Manor, David’s brother, accepted the American flag in his honor and Louanne Baily of Pittsburgh, widow of Brian Dale, accepted the flag presented in her husband’s honor.
The plane in which they were traveling for business purposes was the first of four planes hijacked by Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda to be intentionally crashed. Another plane crashed that morning into the World Trade Center South Tower; another hit the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville as passengers rallied to retake the plane from the terrorists.
The bench is in front of the memorial that contains the names of 21 Norwin High School graduates who died in the service of their country, including those who were killed in the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and the war on terror since 2001.
Correction: This story was updated to reflect Louanne Baily’s relationship with Brian Dale.
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter .