9/11 ceremony a time for reflection – New York News

HALFMOON, N.Y. >>Town officials and members of the Halfmoon community took time Monday to reflect on the events of Sept. 11 and give a collective thank you to the community’s volunteer fire departments and first responders.

This Patriot Day Ceremony marked 16 years since terrorist attacks along the Eastern seaboard killed thousands of Americans. Monday was warm and bright, with a sky so high one could see for miles, much like that day 16 years ago.

As the events of that day move further into the past, ceremonies like this one become more important. They allow Americans to recall and reflect on what took place and to recognize that the spirit of America is one of overcoming adversity.

The early evening program in Abele Memorial Park offered the event’s speakers a chance for reflection. The service drew about 75 residents, 60 first responders in dress uniform, Boy Scouts from troops 4030 and 45 and Color Guards from American Legion Post 1450 and VFW Post 1498.


After recalling the singular events of that day, Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen quoted remarks given on Sept. 11, 2001 by President George Bush to the nation.

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace,” Tollisen said quoting Bush. “None of us will ever forget this day as we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”

State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, noted the yearly observance of 9/11 by the town and her own busy schedule on the day, one where she always seems to be…

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