"We are all here tonight to recognize that terrible day seven years ago," said businessman Jonathan Wells before mentioning what an honor it was to help build the memorial.
"I don't forget every day how lucky our freedom is," said businessman Pat Popolizio, who owns the restaurant. He said they would gather next year at the memorial to remember the day.
Firefighters, police officers and servicemen and women lined the edge of the patio, while several veterans sat in the audience as the flag flapped at half-staff.
Also in attendance at the event were Assemblymen James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, and George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, Schenectady Mayor Brain Stratton, Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, and Republican county Legislator James Buhrmaster, who is running for Congress in the 21st Congressional District.
"We the people seven years ago stopped taking for granted the liberties we have every day," Amedore said.""