Eleven years have passed since terrorists hijacked airplanes and crashed them into the two World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. A fourth plane, also seized by terrorists, crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa., as passengers tried to take control of it.
Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. Following is a list of Herkimer County observances to commemorate the event and remember the lives of those lost.
• A remembrance ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at Herkimer County Community College at the main flagpoles, outside the Ronald F. Williams Library Building on the college’s Herkimer campus. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the McLaughlin College Center. Speakers will include HCCC President Dr. Ann Marie Murray, HCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Donald Snyder, HCCC Professor of Radio-TV Broadcasting Kalman Socolof, Ilion Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Trevor and HCCC Student Government Association Vice President Nicole Todd. The college will accept donations of nonperishable food items in support of regional food pantries, as part of the National Day of Remembrance and Service, coordinated by the Genesis Group.
• There will be a parade at 6:45 p.m. in the village of Dolgeville. The parade route will begin at Gibson Street, travel down South Main Street and end in Plowe Park where a ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Participants will include the Dolgeville Police Department, the Dolgeville, Salisbury, Hill Top and Oppenheim fire departments, Stratford and Salisbury Ambulance and area veterans. Music for the occasion will be provided by members of the Dolgeville Central School band.
• A memorial ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at Mount Markham High School, West Winfield, and will be conducted by Walter J. Will CMH Post No. 1058 American Legion.
• The Newport Fire Department and West Canada Valley American Legion Post No. 1524 will host their annual Patriot Day 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Newport Fire House, 7370 Main Street, Newport, at 7 p.m. The event will include participation by the Middleville, Newport and Poland fire departments, local ambulance corps, Adirondack American Legion Post No. 1118, VFW Posts No. 1552 and No. 7220, law enforcement, active military, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and students.