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Those lost in 9/11 attacks remembered in Orange County ceremony


A bell was rung for each of Orange County's 9/11 victims

MONTGOMERY – Roses were placed on the Orange County 9/11 memorial at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery Monday evening in remembrance of the local residents who were killed in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

Orange County Director of Veteran’s Services Christian Farrell said the fact that the memorial is shared between those who served, and those who responded at the municipal level, is what makes the memorial recognition so important, as well as why there is such a community inclusiveness for those who attend.

“This is a day that resonates with so many because they were civilians,” said Farrell.  “They were people in the community who lost their lives. It wasn’t just someone far away, wearing the uniform of our country. These were people that were your neighbors. They went to work and they never came back that evening. So, I think this day does hit so many people hard because of that,” he said.

Keynote speaker, Orange County Deputy Director of Emergency Services and Ret. Army Chief Warrant Officer Alan Mack told the large attendance that “It seems like it was just last year. It doesn’t seem like it was 16 years ago.”

 Rather than take the traditional route in his address, he chose to convey what a soldier may have felt then, through his own perspective.

He was in Afghanistan the day the attacks occurred.

“A lot of people don’t realize how quickly we actually mobilized and go into action,” said Mack. “Flying in Afghanistan, operating in Afghanistan, was probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life and the responsibility, I didn’t feel just the responsibility for myself, but to the entire nation. It’s one of those things, I know it sounds maybe a little over the top, but that’s what it felt like is: If we fail, when everybody’s all upset, it affects the nation’s attitude.”

Senator William Larkin (R, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a WWII and Korea vet who has made his life a dedication to serving the public, summed up the sentiment of the annual memorial. “What we’re saying here today is, we’re a United States and those who gave their lives for us will not be forgotten.”

 


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