Cortland Remembers 9/11/01
Today, Americans join together with somber tributes in remembrance of the 2,976 people that perished in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 seventeen years ago. Citizens and students of Cortland, NY were no exception as they gathered this morning in Courthouse Park.
First responders, including police and firefighters, gathered around Courthouse Park to see the dedication of the new memorial and listen to the speakers. In the center of the park, the memorial is composed of two metal towers reaching towards the sky. This new memorial, due to a generous donation from the Trolley Museum in Kingston, NY, has been constructed using artifacts from the World Trade Center site. It resembles two steel towers constructed of twisted metal emerging from the rubble and honors the lives lost at the World Trade Center in NYC and represents perseverance.
The current 7th graders were born in 2005, four years after the tragic events on 9/11/2001. They do not have recollection of where they were on that day and often do not know anyone directly affected that day.
Liam Woodard was one of the Junior High School students attending the ceremony. Liam said, “I am thankful for the service of all the first responders, not only on 9/11 but everyday in our community. I never want to forget those who died on that day. I know I was not alive during 2001, but I still know the importance of that day and want to remember those who lost their families.”
Seventeen years seems like a “lifetime ago, and only yesterday at the same time” to NYPD Deputy Chief, Theresa Tobin. Tobin was at the site and lost several friends during the attacks. Cortland welcomed Chief Tobin today, and she recalled the events to the crowd. A common theme Chief Tobin wanted the audience to remember is that the effects of 9/11 are felt daily. Not only were 2,976 people lost, but over 300 people are currently suffering with cancer from working at ground zero.
Chief Tobin ended with, “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. In America’s darkest hours, we join together and come out as America’s finest hours. On behalf of the people of the City of New York, we thank the people of New York State for their endless support.” Bagpipes then filled the air as “Amazing Grace” was played.
Mr. Gambitta, 7th grade social studies teacher, brought his students to the memorial event. Mr. Gambitta said, “I know most of my students were not even born until 2005, but I think it is important they learn the history of the event and this memorial is a way they can hear personal ways the event has affected people.”
Courthouse Park is open to the public and you can click here to find out more information about today’s 9/11 Memorial in Cortland.