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Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

Photos: 9-11 remembrance at VA Center

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, 9-11

The Batavia PTSD Peer Support Volunteers led a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the VA Center this morning.

Participating were local veterans and the Batavia police and fire departments.

The event honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who have died or gone missing in action in American wars.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

Statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on anniversary of Sept. 11

post by Howard B. Owens in 9-11, Andrew Cuomo, kathy hochul

Press release:

"On this day, we mark the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives and truly changed New York and our nation forever. On this day, we honor the memories and the lives of those who were killed and the families who will never forget them. We also honor the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way – many of whom never returned home.

"It is also our obligation and our duty to make sure that we will always remember. As a new generation grows up without having witnessed the horror of September 11th, it is important to educate our children so they can understand the tragedy that unfolded on that day, the bravery and courage of our first responders, and the outpouring of goodwill in communities across New York and America as we recovered as one state and one nation."

UPDATE:  Statement from Rep. Kathy Hochul:

“Today as we mark the passing of another year since the September 11 attacks in 2001, we honor those we lost on that day. We recall the innocent victims taken too soon, the courage of the passengers who prevented further tragedy, and those first responders, who in doing their jobs, laid down their lives to protect their fellow Americans.

“What grew from this tragedy was an all encompassing spirit of patriotism, bonding our nation together in common purpose to move our country forward. Our endeavor today is to find that spirit once again. We must recognize that so much more binds us than divides us, and as Americans we are capable of solving the challenges of our time.

“In the memory of all who were lost on 9/11, I call on each of us to rekindle the spirit of patriotism that brought us together in our country’s darkest hour.”

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

World Trade Center Memory

post by JIM NIGRO in 9-11, World Trade Center

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The little guy I am holding in my arms now tends bar at Center Street Smokehouse. He was six months shy of his third birthday at the time of photo. Earlier that year Claudia and I had eaten dinner at Window's on the World, the restaurant situated on the 108th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower. It was evening, and I remember looking down into New York Harbor and thinking how small the Statue of Liberty seemed.  I took these moments for granted until Sept. 2001.   

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