BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> Hundreds of people turned out Monday for a community dedication of the new 9/11 Memorial adjacent to Village Hall on Front Street.
The project’s focal point is a pair of train rails taken from beneath the World Trade Center’s wreckage.
These were the last two items available in a large New York airport hangar, once filled with material from Ground Zero that has been used for similar monuments and memorials throughout the country.
Local resident William Canty lost his brother, Michael, who was on the Trade Center’s 92nd floor when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Mike would be really honored to know all these people care 16 years after this happened,” he said.
The 9/11 project was spearheaded by Ballston Spa Rotarian Peter Champagne and came to fruition with contributions and donations from many individuals and businesses.
“Bill, this is for your family,” Champagne told Canty. “It’s a home run for the village and a memorial for those 3,000 people that lost their lives.”
Champagne’s wife, Joanne, watched the ceremony with their 7-year-old grandson, Curtis Evans, who wasn’t born yet in 2001.
“He’s like a little clone of his papa,” Joanne Champagne said. “He loves America. Things like this are just really important, keeping communities together.”
Rotary Club President-elect Donna Dardaris said the memorial is especially valuable for teaching future generations about what happened on 9/11.
“The passage of time is the biggest reason memorials like this are…
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