Near two mangled, charred metal beams recovered from the World Trade Center, politicians and residents gathered in Glenville to honor the victims of 9/11 and the people who served their country following the attacks.
At the 9/11 memorial next to The Waters Edge Restaurant, constructed in 2006 by owners Pat and Karen Popolizio, public officials shared their stories and tributes related to the terrorism attacks which stopped our nation in silence and sorrow.
Appreciating the wonderful blue sky and the sunshine today, I'm sure we all remember that nine years ago a similar day we awoke to, but that is where the similarities end, said President of The Chamber of Schenectady County Charles Steiner, serving as master of ceremonies.
Christopher Koetzle, supervisor for the Town of Glenville, echoed Steiner's comments about the unexpected events, which unfolded that day.
"On a bright, sunny September morning, just like this afternoon, an evil that we could not imagine descended from our skies over New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.," said Koetzle. "Our job here today is to do more than just remember, what happened on that fateful day can never just be relegated to our history books. We must be vigilante every single day to the struggle against evil and we must ensure that we always ready to meet our obligation as the guardian of liberty."
A total of 2,977 people died on 9/11 and Koetzle noted around the same amount of days has passed since the attack.
"We all have lived one day for each victim since 9/11," said Koetzle. "That has been our gift, all of us here today, but we must ask ourselves is have we lived each and every one of those days in a way that honors the memory of those that were killed We pledge today to honor all those that we lost not in our words, but in our deeds."