Updated 09/11/2011 06:22 PM
Capital Region communities remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11
Communities across the Capital Region are holding their own special ceremonies for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. People tell our Megan Cruz that today is of course about remembering, but also moving forward.
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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- "I was on my way back from the dentist," said Saratoga Springs resident Patricia Reo.
"I was actually out shopping that day," said Andy Lavigne, from Waterford.
"I was working that morning, at work at the North Colonie school bus garage," said Jim Boudreau, also from Waterford.
Now ten years later, those three gathered at Waterford's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park. About a hundred others joined them, all for the same reason.
"To never forget what was done for us by those people," said Dennis Farrar, the former Chief of the Northside Fire Department.
"To honor all of those people, rescue workers, the people that lost their lives, several friends who lost family members," said Waterford resident Maryellen Ferguson.
So at exactly 8:46 a.m., fire hoses were hoisted into the air to commemorate when the first airplane, American Airlines Flight 11, was flown into the World Trade Center's north tower. People here said it brought back memories.
"My son lives in New York City," said Reo. "He was like one block away from the World Trade Center, and when he came out of the subway, he saw everything unfold."
"Still chills," said Ferguson. "Still fresh in your mind and fresh in your feelings."
And over at the Mater Christi Church in Albany, Albany Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael Cox says he too still relives that day. Cox was in Queens that Tuesday morning, when he was suddenly told to report to the World Trade Center site to help the FDNY set up a triage area.
"The most disappointing fact was that there really wasn't a lot of survivors," said Cox. "There wasn't a real lot of people that needed help. That really sat with us for a long time, even still today."
"We saw a lot of departments from across the state go to New York City and that's what we should be doing, and that's why we should take time to say thank you and reflect on the tragedy from ten years ago," said Albany mayor Jerry Jennings.
But while the past was the main focus, people did have hopes for the future.
"I hope they're not like the last ten years," said Boudreau. "I hope we can find some peace and tranquility."
"That we can find some sort of resolve to all of the conflicts that we're in, the wars we're in," said Reo. "That we can have some peace and be able to move forward."