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Ceremony Honors Those Who Died

As Clinton Central School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm began his remarks, the Clinton Fire Department horn sounded.

Its piercing four blasts stopped the Flight 93/Sept. 11, 2001 Remembrance ceremony at the CCS Foundation Memorial Brick Garden, adjacent to the Edward Felt Flight 93 Memorial. As the tone ended, Grimm spoke.

“When I hear that I think of the brave men and women coming to someone’s aid,’’ he said. “It makes me feel good.’’

The 50-minute ceremony brought people together to remember the men and women who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Lives ended when two planes crashed into each of the World Trade Center towers, which subsequently collapsed and killed those trying to get out and numerous rescuers.

Another plane crashed into the Pentagon. And the flight Clinton Class of 1997 graduate Felt was on ended in a field in Pennsylvania when passengers, included Felt, prevented the terrorists from reaching the U.S. Capitol.

Father John Croghan, chaplain of the Clinton Fire Department, called the 20 years since the attacks a long time. He quoted from a book about learning to savor the moment and asked for God’s peace to comfort people.

The Fort Schuyler Society Children of the American Revolution led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Clinton High School Chamber Singers sang the National Anthem.

Members of the Clinton Fire Department stood at attention during the ceremony. Their aerial truck in the school bus circle waved an American flag from its extended ladder.

Grimm said the memorial site to Felt and the other 39 passengers and crew on the flight intended for San Francisco serves as a visual reminder…


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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