CLINTON — Clinton Central School will host a dedication ceremony for the Edward Porter Felt Flight 93 September 11 Memorial on Friday, Sept. 11.
The formal ceremony and dedication will take place on school grounds at 6 p.m. at the site of the Clinton Foundation Memorial Brick Garden along Chenango Avenue.
The Clinton Village Firehouse horn will sound at each of the four significant times of day for Sept. 11 as follows:
First Horn Blast 8:46:40 a.m.: Flight 11 crashes into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99. The aircraft enters the tower intact.
Second Horn Blast 9:02:57 a.m.: Flight 175 crashes into the south face of the South Tower (2 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 77 and 85.
Third Horn Blast 9:37:46 a.m.: Flight 77 crashes into the western side of The Pentagon and starts a violent fire.
Fourth Horn Blast 10:03:11 a.m.: Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers as a result of fighting in the cockpit 80 miles (129 km) southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pa. Later reports indicate that passengers had learned about the World Trade Center and Pentagon crashes and were resisting the hijackers. The 9/11 Commission believed that Flight 93’s target was either the United States Capitol building or the White House in Washington, D.C.
Playing of the Tower of Voices Chimes: After the fourth horn blast, Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 S. Park Row, will play the Dr. Sam Pellman composition, “Tower of Voices,” and the St. James and St. Mary’s churches will sound their bells for 30 seconds.
The anticipated hour-long ceremony will include the presentation of the colors by many neighboring local veterans organizations and fire departments, special music provided by the Clinton High School Chamber Singers,
and remarks from those who made the event possible.
In addition, the ceremony will feature a special message from Gordon Felt, the brother of Edward Felt and president of the Families of Flight 93 national organization. He has spent the last two decades actively involved in the development of the national memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and in preserving the memories of Flight 93 and Edward in the hearts of many.
The mission of the project is to establish and maintain a memorial to honor Clinton native and high school graduate Edward Porter Felt who was one of the heroic passengers onboard Flight 93 after it was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. The flight was diverted away from the intended Washington, D.C. target, and crashed into a peaceful farm field near Shanksville, Pa., killing all on board.
Edward Porter Felt, born Nov. 9, 1959, graduated from Clinton High School with the Class of 1977, attended Colgate University undergraduate, and earned a master’s degree from Cornell University. He relocated to New Jersey and was a computer engineer and technology director at BEA Systems.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Felt scheduled an impromptu business trip on Flight 93 from Newark, N.Y. to San Francisco, which was one of four aircraft hijacked by terrorists on that fateful day. The heroic actions taken by the passengers aboard that flight, including Felt, prevented a second attack on Washington, D.C.
A permanent memorial to Edward Porter Felt is being established on the grounds of Clinton Central School near the Clinton Foundation Memorial Brick Garden. The memorial will consist of an engraved Dakota Mahogany Granite bench, a stone from the Shanksville crash site memorial, and an informational pedestal. In addition, a fund will be established to maintain the memorial and fund a scholarship in the name of Felt to be awarded annually to a Clinton High School student.
Sept. 11 Fund-raising
A fund-raising campaign encompassed much of the middle part of the school and has raised enough money to cover the cost of the memorial and installation. Organizers said they hope to restart the fund-raising efforts in order to fund the annual scholarship for many years to come. Donors and community partners have already donated, and new donations are welcome.
“The creation of this memorial and annual scholarship gives us a visual reminder of the many sacrifices made that day and how our community is meaningfully connected to it through Edward Felt,” said Dr. Stephen L. Grimm, superintendent. “We will be able to use this memorial to help educate future generations about Sept. 11, and about how we come together as a community and nation to recognize and celebrate our heroes — in this case, one of our own, Edward Porter Felt.”
Donations can be made to support the 9/11 Memorial and the Ed Felt scholarship by sending a check to the CCSD Foundation, P.O. Box 215, Clinton, N.Y. 13323, or make a donation at the foundation website, ccs.edu/domain/28.