Susan Savage, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, spoke on the images that filled television screens across the country during the attacks.
"I'll never forget the disturbing images that day," said Savage. "I'll never forget the feeling of sadness we all experienced for the victims of the senseless of act on our nation, nor should we ever forget."
She also said the terrorism attacks ignited the nation with a sense of community spirit and pride, which should be remembered.
"Our county and our community grew together and grew stronger in the days after September 11, 2001," said Savage. "We all worked together to help each other through tough times. Life does go on, but we must also hold on to that sense of community to continue to work together to make our communities across the nation even stronger."
George Amedore, New York State Assemblyman, said Americans uniting together, not politicians, is what makes American a great nation.
"We saw how great the people of this nation really are," said Amedore, R-Rotterdam. "Remember that we can teach our young that we Americans can get through anything."
New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, also talked about the perseverance of Americans and how one day terrorism will be defeated.
"America is great, because Americans are great and that is there legacy," said Tedisco. "Probably the most important part of the legacy is this, at some point we will defeat terrorism. It won't be in our lifetimes, probably, because they're zealots, they're extremists. It won't be in our children's lifetimes. It probably in our children's children's children's lifetimes, but at some point, we will defeat terrorism, and after that terrorism is defeated, the greatness of America will live on, the greatness of Americans will live on. What will live on is the love of America will have defeated the hatred of extremism and terrorists."