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9/11 tragedy will not, cannot, be forgotten

September 10, 2019 07:20 pm

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the horrific destruction of the World Trade Center towers, the attack on the Pentagon and the foiled assault on either the White House or the Capitol Building that ultimately killed everyone aboard Flight 93. “Never Forget,” we cried. “We Will Always Remember,” we shouted.

We have always remembered.

Greene County will hold its annual memorial service at 11 a.m. at the 911 Dispatch Center, 25 Volunteer Drive in Cairo. A second ceremony will be held at the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre on Route 145 in East Durham from 4-5 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the marble twin towers donated to the center by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Columbia County will hold a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College. It is scheduled to be held outdoors at the campus’ 9/11 memorial. An evening service will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. at Volunteer Park on State Farm Road in Valatie. Hosted by Girl Scout Service Unit 126, the ceremony will bring the community together through voice, song and a candlelight vigil.

These memorials are fitting tributes to more than 3,000 office workers, government employees, first responders and airline passengers, some of whom had local ties, who met their untimely deaths on September 11, 2001. Ceremonies in Cairo and Durham, Columbia-Greene and Valatie, and others like them in the future, will be constant reminders of the scope of this unspeakable tragedy. The compassion for the victims’ survivors remains strong, the grief for the victims everlasting. Their acts of courage and heroism will not, cannot, be forgotten.

Today is the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. I lived at ground zero. The issues surrounding 9/11, including our mostly inappropriate war in Iraq, are symptomatic of poor neighbor efforts from all sides. I find similar issues locally, closed our jail and removed Sheriff Hussey, Sheriff Seeley, Jail Superintendent Michael Spitz, Judge Pulver, Judge Wooten, Judge Silbermann (head of the state matrimonial Court), and work now in court to stop a $90 million new set of human cages (a jail in Coxsackie that can't be justified). I pray we gain insight and also act tirelessly to create a better government and a friendlier and more just Greene County. It cost me 6 1/4 years of jail and prison, and the court efforts to try and reverse convictions. It cost me my family, who do not feel safe here. They're right. Sadly. All politics IS local. This place needs some work, both parties seem incompetent and corrupt. I love all of you but come on people, these habits are unacceptable.