Last week Congresswoman Claudia Tenney visited the Sept. 11, 2001 Memorial in New York City for the first time.
She looked for the names of a childhood and college friend who died that day, and the husbands of two friends who also perished. The experience, she said, brought her back to all those emotions 20 years ago.
“Thank you,’’ she said to the about 200 people assembled on the Village Green in West Winfield, “for coming here and remembering them.’’
Tenney was one of several speakers during the 14th consecutive Sept. 11 memorial ceremony conducted by the West Winfield American Legion and VFW along with the West Winfield Fire Department, law enforcement, local lawmakers and Mount Markham students.
Pat Carney played the National Anthem on his trumpet before the Rev. Ken McKenzie gave the Invocation. McKenzie asked people to continue to remember that day and those who died.
Three Gold Star family members were introduced. Student Laura Culver read the poem ‘Leap’ by Brian Doyle, about those people who jumped from the burning Twin Towers to their death hundreds of feet below.
Legion Commander Walter Will introduced the guest speakers, starting with Assemblyman Brian Miller. Will made note that state Sen. Peter Oberacker was also invited, but declined when…