‘Do you remember where you were?’

By JONATHAN CHARLES FOX
Posted 9/16/20

MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, September 11, firefighters, loved ones and onlookers gathered to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New …

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‘Do you remember where you were?’

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MONTICELLO, NY — On Friday, September 11, firefighters, loved ones and onlookers gathered to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center 19 years ago. Speaking on behalf of fire commissioners, officers and members, Alan Kesten opened the ceremony with a few remarks.

“Where were you on September 11, 2001 when you heard the news?” Kesten asked of the sizable crowd. “The most important part of your memory is to share it with your children and grandchildren. If we tell the story of where we were, the story becomes [that much more] real,” he suggested.

“We didn’t believe it was happening,” he recalled. “In the hours following the attacks, the United States put the entire world on hold.”

“Let’s remember, then,” Kesten continued, “the days and weeks following 9/11. America was united. Kids pledged the flag in school every day. Those kids are 20-something now. Have you repeated that to your kids? Do you remember where you were?”

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