BETHLEHEM The Town of Bethlehem Fire Officers Association and the town will be partnering to hold a candlelit vigil on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The vigil and prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Firefighters and EMS Park, located next to the Slingerlands Fire Department at 1520 New Scotland Road. It's the first time the association will hold a formal 9/11 ceremony, save for one held in 2011 in the days following the attack.
“I figured it's the 10-year anniversary coming up... I figured the fire officers and EMS people should mark the anniversary with an event,” said Heidi Cornell, who is captain of the Bethlehem Volunteer Ambulance Service and is organizing the memorial.
Firefighters and EMS squads from around town are invited to the ceremony, which will be led by Pastor Mark Mueller of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The ceremony is expected to last about half an hour.
"There will much going on around our State and nation on this 10 year remembrance day of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, that took so many people's lives, and left families behind that will be forever heart broken. It is also important in local communities, and in our Town of Bethlehem that we show our respect and lasting remembrance by joining together to let those we have lost and their families know that we will never forget,” Bethlehem Supervisor Sam Messina said in a statement.
A selection of other events:
--The Selkirk Fire District will hold a prayer service on the morning of Sept. 11 at Selkirk Company No. 2 in Glenmont, 301 Glenmont Road. The event will begin at 8:46 a.m., the time Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center, and conclude at 10:28 a.m., when the north tower collapsed.