Preparing to remember

Volunteers set up flags around Utica 911 memorial.

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 10:39 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2018 11:53 PM

UTICA, NY – 17 years later, Americans are once again preparing to remember the events of September 11, 2001.

On that day terrorists hijacked 4 airplanes.

Two of them were flown into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, causing them to collapse.

One was flown into the Pentagon.

And a fourth, believed to be heading for the U.S. Capitol Building, crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On Monday, volunteers from Utica’s 911 Memorial committee placed hundreds of flags around the Utica Fire Department’s 911 Memorial in preparation for Tuesday’s ceremony.

Trina Gigliotti, who organizes the yearly remembrance, has made it her duty to make sure we never forget.

“When it happened you couldn’t buy an American Flag. Every place you went, people had them flying out their car windows, and at their homes. Nowadays, where are our flags? Do we need another tragedy to hang our American Flag? This is just something to let those families know you’re not alone.”

A majority of Tuesday’s ceremony, which usually takes place at the 911 memorial across from MVCC, will take place at the Parkway Rec Center.

The ceremony begins at 9:30 am.

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