Ten years after the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack, a memorial service at Hawkins Pond remembered the tragedy. The SUNY Plattsburgh ROTC Color Guard placed the flags for the ceremony, and speakers including Congressman Bill Owens spoke about the effects of the attacks then and now.
Commemorating the tenth year since the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in an attack, town hall has a new flagpole to fly their colors.
The pole was donated to the town by the Woodmen of the World. Woodmen lodge 402 Secretary Tim Gonyo said the date of the commemoration and the opportunity to add to town hall.
It’s important to remember the victims in the towers that day, said Gonyo, and first responders should be honored always.
“They all deserve our thanks and admiration,” he said. “There’s no better way to honor them than to see the flag flying proudly.”
Gonyo also presented a flag of honor to the town that carries the names of those who died in the attacks.
Town Supervisor Staub Spiegel said the new flagpole is a bit taller and its construction more robust than the old one. The new pole was set in place about a month ago.
“It's a real nice addition,” said Spiegel. “We've had a lot of compliments so far.”
Kris Sample, a first sergeant with the Vermont National Guard, returned from Iraq less than a week before the ceremony, and was asked to say a few words by his Woodmen sister, Amy House.
The Woodmen frequently donate flags to local governments.
“I appreciate you spreading the colors of our great country,” said Sample.
Sample said that one only has to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan for a very short time to understand what freedom means, and how important it is to fight for and protect freedom.
“It's an honor and privilege to be here,” said Sample.
Missions abroad are important, Sample said, because aiding and assisting other countries to stabilize their territory makes the U.S. safer.