Monday, September 11, 2017

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Sixteen years later, the pain lingers

Many Hudson Valley communities now have 9/11 memorials, including Putnam,
which will be dedicated today

GOSHEN – It has been 16 years since terrorists flew two commercial airplanes into the World Trade Center killing 3,000 people. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon and still another crashed in a field in Pennsylvania when the passengers overtook and fought with terrorists onboard.

The years tick on, but for everyone – whether you are personally impacted with the loss of a loved one or friend, or still have those images of the Twin Towers collapsing burned into your psyche – the pain is still there.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus reflects on the day.

“In Orange County, we lost 43 people, many of them firefighters,” the county executive recalled. “The 9/11 coming around to us on Monday is very raw to us, though. I know people who lost loved ones that haven’t recovered and I don’t know if you can recover from something like that.”

Neuhaus was so touched by the attacks that he joined the Naval Reserves and still serves today.

 


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