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Remembering 9/11, 10 years later

Lighthouse hosts fifth annual 9/11 ceremony at monument

Steven Cafiero emotionally read a poem he wrote about 9/11 after losing his son in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Steven Cafiero emotionally read a poem he wrote about 9/11 after losing his son in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Photo by John Purcell.

— Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle also said time can help ease grief, but the day of remembrance can’t simply be a history lesson learned in school.

“Although time puts distance between us and our grief, we must never forget the lives we lost nor the acts of heroism that showed the world our compassion and resolve,” said Koetzle, R-Glenville. “9/11 must always be more than just a history lesson. This event must be sewn into the very fabric of our national culture not just by remembering, but by living up to our American values every single day in service to our country, service to our community and in the love we show our families.”

Schenectady County Legislator and Scotia Trustee, Cathy Gatta, said it was hard to believe the tragedy happened 10 years ago. Gatta, D-Scotia, also said citizens can’t forget the unity felt after the attack.

“We grew together and we grew stronger in the aftermath of those difficult times. We must continue in this spirit of solidarity so that these lives and this tragedy have not been in vain,” Gatta said.

New York State Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, said the focus shouldn’t be on death, but how life continues and the county preserved.

“May we remember one thing, not of death, but how you can carry on life,” said Amedore.

Throughout the ceremony voices of children peppered the background, which Amedore said he was pleased to hear.

“I love to hear the little children in the background, because if we can teach that at such an early age in life that they have the duty, they have and should have the commitment and the responsibility that our way of life in America comes from sacrifice, endurance, perseverance, but also our trust in almighty God,” Amedore said.

New York State Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, said America remained the “greatest nation” even after the terrorist attacks.

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