Ceremony Marks 20th Anniversary
The Clinton Fire Department will lead a community ceremony Saturday morning in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
The event will begin at 8:46 a.m. with the first of four soundings from the fire horn. That time, plus at 9:02, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. all signify the times 20 years ago Sept. 11 when four planes crashed after being hijacked.
After the final horn sound, Stone Presbyterian Church’s carillon will play Tower of Voices, composed by the late Professor Sam Pellman. Pellman, who taught in the Music Department at Hamilton College, created the sound heard at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa.
That flight crashed in a field in Pennsylvania; passengers fought back and diverted the plane from what authorities believe was an intended hit on the U.S. Capitol.
On that flight, and in phone recordings as being one of the leaders to try to take the plane back from hijackers, was Edward Felt, a native of Clinton and graduate of Clinton Central School. Felt boarded the plane in Newark for a business meeting in San Francisco.
Last year on Sept. 11 a monument that pays tribute to Felt and the other passengers on Flight 93 was dedicated in the Memorial Garden at CCS. During the ceremony there at 11 a.m. Saturday, the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members will be read aloud.