Today marks 11 years since the World Trade Center towers and Pentagon were struck by terrorist-hijacked planes. The memory of the Sept. 11 attacks, which also included a hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, still stings.
Last year, on the 10th anniversary, we were reminded of Sept. 11 in widespread media coverage and major memorial events. This year, the remembrance may be more quiet, but reflecting on the events of Sept. 11 is just as important.
We remind readers to keep the victims in their hearts and never forget what was lost. Reflect on the local emergency workers in your community - such as police officers, medical technicians and firefighters - who risk their safety every day to help others.
Everyone remembers in his or her own way. If you want to remember by attending a public event, there are local choices. Among them:
Fulton-Montgomery Community College will host a remembrance event at 5 p.m. today. Lou Pabon, a student at the college, will talk about his experience as a laborer at ground zero after the terrorist attacks. At 6 p.m., a planting ceremony will take place near the Community Garden at the college to honor the victims of the attacks.
The Kennyetto Fire Company will host its fourth annual 9/11 Never Forget Remembrance Day at 7 p.m. today at the Broadalbin Firehouse. A wreath will be placed at the base of the 9/11 steel monument by Fire Chief Archie Rose and President Robert Rosenzweig. A ceremonial flag from New York City Fire Department Engine 35 of Manhattan will be flown.
We hope everyone will take the time today to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11 and the need for our nation to remain strong and preserve our freedoms.