MALONE — On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., claimed the lives of 2,977 people. Twenty years later, community members came together in the village Saturday morning, to honor those killed.
Starting shortly before 9 a.m., the names of the people who lost their lives were read out, and with the reading of each name a bell was wrung, until every name on the list had been read, shortly after noon.
Post Adjutant Leon Emond of Malone’s American Legion Post 219 opened the morning’s ceremony.
“Today marks the twentieth anniversary since American lives changed forever,” Emond said, “If you were asked what you were doing Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, you probably wouldn’t have any idea what you were doing that day, yet we all know exactly what we were doing and where we were on Tuesday, Sept. 11.”
Emond said community members came together on Saturday morning, to remember the lives lost 20 years ago.
“On that day people woke up, went about their normal routines, dropped off the kids, went to work, went to school, everything changed in an instant,” Emond said, “We need to remember the people we lost that day.”
Emond said the idea to read out the names of those who died in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago came about a couple months ago.
“A month or two ago, we realized it was going to be the 20th anniversary so we put our heads together down at the legion and said we have got to do something,” Emond said. “We formed a committee and we put our heads together and said we should read the names.”
Emond said after deciding to read the names out, it was also decided to ring a bell after each name was announced.
“If we read the names we thought we ought to toll the bell for each name,” Emond said, “It just all came together, I asked for help from the community and we got a lot of help, as far as readers.”
According to Emond, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and boys from Trail Life USA showed up to plant American flags in the ground of Veterans Park near the corner of Route 11 and Elm Street, on Friday night.
“It was just a great effort by everybody,” Emond said, “I really appreciate everybody that turned out, to lend a hand or even just to stay and watch.”
Emond said he appreciated the Malone Call Firemen for bringing their ladder truck to the morning’s ceremony.
“That is wonderful what they did for us,” Emond said.
According to Emond, 39 readers combined to read through the list of 2,977 names.
“They took turns reading and ringing the bell, I had 39 volunteers,” Emond said, “It was great I was really pleased with the turn out.”
At the conclusion of Saturday morning’s ceremony Spc. Autumn Jenks, thanked everyone who had attended the morning’s ceremony.
Jenks, who is originally from Buffalo, said she is on active duty in the area and moved to the North Country about eight months ago.
“When this happened twenty years ago I was a kid,” she said, “I am proud to stand here and honor these people because without them I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t understand what my mission is as a soldier every single time I go out on the battlefield.”