ALBANY – Flags on all state buildings and Chautauqua County buildings will fly their flags at half-mast Tuesday to remember the fallen on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon on a plan that went down in Pennsylvania.
“We must remain forever diligent because the war on terror is not over. 17 years has passed,” County Executive George Borrello told WNYNewsNow. “If you are in your early 20s you likely have little to no recollection of that horrific day. We must continue to educate people on the threat that radical Islam poses to our nation and the civilized world.”
The local American Legion and the Chautauqua County Veterans Council will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 11 in front of the Chautauqua County Courthouse.
The program is to honor those who were killed when members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., and a field in Western Pennsylvania. The short program is open to the public and will feature a few words from local dignitaries.
“This September 11th we honor and remember those whose lives were tragically cut short on that horrific day in 2001,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “But let the remembrance of that day also serve as a reminder to every citizen of our county, and our nation, that the war on terror is not over and we must remain forever strong and diligent.”
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“Nearly 17 years ago, New York was dealt a blow so devastating that the loss and suffering are still felt to this day. On September 11, 2001, the lives of countless Americans were forever changed in an instant as thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished in the deadliest terror attack this nation has ever seen” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in announcing the honor.
“We will never forget these individuals and the selfless heroes who did not make it home that day. Today, we honor those we lost and thank the brave law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and other first responders who saved so many lives in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy. We also remember the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces including the New York National Guard who protected our freedom then and continue to do so now at home and abroad, New York is eternally grateful for their service to our nation,” Cuomo said.