The day before the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, students at Union College set partisan politics aside in favor of a more unified approach to honoring the day: beneath the flagpole on the Schenectady campus and in the shadow of the majestic Nott Memorial, the College Republicans joined forces with the College Democrats to plant 2,000 tiny American flags.
"This is an event that defined our generation in particular. It will stay with our generation and change the way we view the world," said College Republican President Nick D'Angelo, who is incidentally dating fellow junior and head of the College Democrats Charlotte Lehman.
The campus GOP started the tradition last year. This year, the Democrats decided to join in. The gesture harked back to the days of bipartisan unity in the wake of the attacks.
"This is an easy thing to come together for," D'Angelo said.
On Tuesday, Albany will memorialize the day with its own ceremony at the State Museum, which displays artifacts from the attacks in its ongoing World Trade Center exhibition. Beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the North Tower, the museum will observe six moments of silence, in sync with ceremonies at ground zero, which will also be broadcast inside the gallery.
Among those in attendance will be 75 members and retirees of Engine 6, a New York City Fire Department company that was among the first responders at the scene of the attacks. The burned and crumpled Engine 6 pumper, designed to fight fires in skyscrapers, is the centerpiece of the museum's exhibit. The museum has also added two new artifacts from the milestone 10th anniversary commemoration of the attacks last year: a scroll from Union Square with messages recorded by visitors, and a letter from Pope Benedict XVI to then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Members of the state Board of Regents, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. and State Museum Director Mark Schaming will attend the ceremony.
Calendar of 9/11 events
Events to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks began over the weekend and continue on Tuesday:
--FDNY 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, WTC Gallery, State Museum, Madison Avenue, AlbanyWhen: 8:46-10:30 a.m. Notes: About 75 members and retirees of New York City Fire Department's Engine 6 fire company, and their family and friends, will observe six moments of silence in-synch with ceremonies at Ground Zero, which will be broadcast live inside the gallery. The ceremony will also include a reading by one of the firefighters.
--Memorial service, Albany International Airport, Albany When: 8:47 a.m. Contact: 242-2222 Notes: A moment of silence and wreath laying to remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. A member of the TSA and United Airlines will attend. Held in front of the airport terminal.
--National Day of Service and Remembrance Patriot Day ceremony, Melvin Roads Post 1231 American Legion, 200 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush When: Noon Notes: The community is invited to join with our veterans, distinguished guests, fire fighters and law enforcement honoring the memory of the lives lost Sept. 11, 2001. Among the presentations of the day's speakers will be the reading of Governor Cuomo's Proclamation for this anniversary. The Clinton Heights Fire Department will hold the solemn tolling of the bell in remembrance of the fire fighters and emergency personnel; the Post Color Guard will present the colors for the playing of Taps; following the ceremony, all are invited to a light luncheon in the Post Lounge.
--9/11 Remembrance, College Theatre, 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown When: 5 p.m. Notes: Fulton-Montgomery Community College student Lou Pabon will make a presentation about his experience as a laborer shortly after the Sept. 11 attack. The event will also include a slideshow display of Lou's personal pictures of the rubble and rebuild of the Twin Towers and a tree planting ceremony outside near the Community Garden to honor the victims of 9/11.
--New York Courts Commemorate 9/11, Albany County Courthouse, 16 Eagle St/ Courtroom 373 When: 1 p.m. Notes: New York State Unified Court System program pay tribute to the heroic court officers who perished in the rescue efforts: Capt. William Harry Thompson, Sgt. Thomas Jurgens and Sgt. Mitchel Wallace.
--"We Will Never Forget" 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Water's Edge Lighthouse Restaurant, 2 Freeman's Bridge Road, Glenville When: 5 p.m. Notes: Jon Wells, owner of Wells Nursery, assisted in the construction and landscaping of the monument, and it stands on land donated by Pat and Karen Popolizio, owners of Water's Edge Lighthouse. Chamber President Chuck Steiner will act as master of ceremonies, and many elected officials as well as representatives of local military, police and firefighters will be in attendance.
The families of those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, elected officials and other public figures will mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks on Tuesday. Some of the events:
New York City
8:39 a.m.: Program begins at the National September 11 Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center site, with bagpipers and drummers. The Young People's Chorus of New York City sings the national anthem.
8:46 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the north tower, and houses of worship toll their bells. Then family members will read the names of those killed.
9:03 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower.
9:37 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.
9:59 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when the south tower fell.
10:03 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.
10:28 a.m.: Moment of silence marking when the north tower fell.
12:30 p.m.: Program finishes with another choral performance and trumpeters performing taps.
Sunset: The Tribute in Light art installation is turned on until dawn Wednesday.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House staff mark a moment of silence on the south lawn of the White House. The President and the First Lady attend a Sept. 11 memorial event at the Pentagon and visit service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
9:30 a.m.: Program begins at the Memorial Plaza, with keynote remarks from Vice President Joe Biden.
10:03 a.m.: At the moment Flight 93 crashed, family members and community residents read the names of those lost and ring Bells of Remembrance.
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