Utica, NY - Every 9/11 tribute is special in its own unique way.
Helen Knowles from Clinton, literally hit the streets to honor those who lost their lives on that day. Her symbolic gesture brought her to the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Utica.
“I'm a member of Team RWB which is a national organization. We're devoted to enriching the lives of veterans and their families through encouraging community service and enriching their lives through physical and psychological fitness. One of our signature things is carrying the flag in races and or to events,” said Knowles.
And that she did.
“I thought it was particularly fitting that I live 9.11 miles from here [Utica 9/11 Memorial] so I would walk from Clinton to here to do what 9.11 miles with the flag on September 11,” added Knowles.
This tribute is more personal for her.
“A tribute to everybody who lost their lives that day and to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have served since including my husband who was deployed on 9/11 in the Navy.”
She and her husband were not married on 9/11 but when she met him, that day took on a whole new meaning for her.
“As he would say, he hates this day. He hates revisiting where he was and what happened at the time but I think it’s important for everybody to just pause and remember however painful that might be,” said Knowles.
A beautiful tribute.
Helen contacted the Mayor's Office to find out if there would be a ceremony and timed her walk so that she would make it on time and she did. The ceremony in Utica was closed to the public so she socially distanced on the outskirts of the Memorial lawn.