A ceremony at the Eastern Air Defense Sector at Griffiss park, an annual community prayer breakfast, and a remembrance day in schools were among local observances today on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
• At EADS, observances included a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. and a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the administration building by a 9/11 memorial display, said spokesman Tim Jones.
The 8:46 a.m. time recognized when the first hijacked plane crashed in the 2001 attacks, striking the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The 10:30 a.m. time recognized when the North Tower collapsed.
Also today, Col. Paul M. Bishop, commander of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group at EADS, attended the Genesis Group’s 18th annual 9/11 community prayer breakfast at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, said Jones.
EADS, known in 2001 as the Northeast Air Defense Sector, worked on Sept. 11, 2001 to track the aircraft that were hijacked by terrorists. The defense facility scrambled fighter jets that could not reach the planes before they crashed that day.
• Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation establishing September 11th Remembrance Day, allowing for a moment of silence in public schools statewide at the start of the school day to encourage classroom dialogue and education.
In the Rome school district, school buildings have regularly “held a moment of silence and a brief classroom conversation about 9/11 at the beginning of their days....,” said Superintendent Peter C. Blake. He added “each building principal manages this event in their own way” within the schools.
• U.S. Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, said in a statement “we can never forget the horrific acts of terror or the courageous acts of heroism we saw on September 11th. When terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and hijacked United Flight 93, our country changed forever. The bravery of our first responders, including the brave men and women who ran towards danger in New York, and the resilience of the survivors showed that the American spirit cannot be put out. Today, we honor both the living and the dead from that fateful day.”
• Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, noted some of the other local observances included a Utica Fire Department remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m.; a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the New York Mills Fire House; and a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Rome Police and Fire Memorial Park off Black River Boulevard at 6 p.m.