Seventeen years later, Twin County residents have not forgotten.
Today, people across the country will come together in remembrance of the 17th anniversary of 9/11.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists part of the Islamist extremist organization Al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes — two of which were flown into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, a third into the Pentagon and the last into a field in Pennsylvania, according to 911memorial.org.
At about 8:46 a.m., American Airlines flight 11 struck floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower. Around 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower.
About an hour later at 10:05 a.m., the South Tower collapsed, followed by the North Tower, just before 10:30 a.m., according to 911memorial.org.
Also at 9:43 a.m. that day, American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon and the fourth hijacked flight, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania around 10:10 a.m.
The day’s attacks killed a total of 2,996 people and injured 6,000 others. Local law enforcement, fire departments and people across the country will attend services today to remember those who lost their lives in the historic tragedy.
Seventeen years later, many Twin County residents continue to remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.
Clark Rollend, of Stuyvesant, remembers being at work when he found out about the attack.
“I looked out the doorway for the truck deliveries and saw an airplane on the river flying really low, and I thought ‘That’s not right, we gotta call somebody,’” Rollend said.
He was later called into the break room where he saw television news coverage of the airplanes crashing into the towers.
“I was mad as hell,” he said. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”
Joe Frisbee, of Coxsackie, was working from home when his wife called him and told him to turn on the TV, he said.
“At first, I thought it was an accident,” Frisbee said. “But when I saw the second plane, I realized it was no accident. I thought it was an all-out war.”
The 9/11 terrorist attacks have had a tremendous impact on the nation, both positive and negative, Frisbee said.
“It rallied people patriotically in the short-term, but in the long-term, it made people more fearful of foreigners and immigrants,” he said. “A lot of people have forgotten or don’t take it seriously.”
Ian Crimmins, of Greene County, was a law student at the University of Buffalo when he saw the towers collapse on TV.
“People are more afraid to be friendly — whether that’s right or wrong,” he said.
Crimmins takes some quiet time on 9/11 to think about the emotional impact it has had on him and the United States.
Judith Rosenburg, from California, was visiting Warren Street in Hudson on Tuesday. Rosenburg’s mother woke her up to tell her of the historic 9/11 attacks, she recalled.
“Then we all went to work or school,” she added.
An avid traveler, Rosenburg has seen the changes resulting from 9/11 first-hand, she said.
“It changed everything,” Rosenburg said. “...It changed the airport experience. It set off these wars that affect a whole generation.”
Columbia County will have two memorial services Tuesday. A Remembrance Ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College, and Columbia County’s 9/11 memorial ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at Volunteer Park, off State Farm Road, Valatie at 6 p.m.
In Greene County, the annual memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Greene County 911 Dispatch Center, 25 Volunteer Drive, Cairo.
“New Yorkers have always banded together to support the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks and we will never let them be forgotten,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Monday.
Cuomo also expressed his support for the renewal and expansion of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which compensates for injuries, deaths and health problems caused by the attack.
“In New York, we will always stand with the victims of the attacks and I will work with the New York delegation to lead the effort in ensuring that everyone receives the fair and ample compensation they deserve,” Cuomo said.