Saratoga vows to make 9-11 remembrance ceremony annual eventBy Mark Mulholland September 11, 2014
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs held its 9-11 remembrance ceremony in the shadows of twisted beams from the downed World Trade Center.
The event in the Spa City was held at the memorial that was crafted from the rubble of the destroyed towers.
It was a ceremony to remember, though those gathered here vow to never forget.
It was 13 years ago that America was under attack.
Terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The attacks killed thousands and plunged America into war.
Thursday hundreds of people gathered around a sculpture that was built from the steel of the downed towers of the World Trade Center.
Children sang, bagpipes played and the public and first responders paused to reflect.
Mat Tully, who was inside one of the towers when the attacks began, was the keynote speaker.
Thursday’s event was emceed by Saratogian and famed golfer Dottie Pepper. Pepper was the driving force behind transforming the area around the monument. She and volunteers worked to make the Tempered by Memory sculpture more memorable.
“If this is the space that people can come down in a reflective and a positive manner, then it’s done its purpose,” said Pepper.
Saratoga Springs did not hold a remembrance ceremony last year, even though it is home to the prominent monument.
The city’s new mayor vows to make this an annual event.