Sept. 11, 2017 in Saratoga Springs was exactly like the day of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City. It was perfectly clear and warm—a day for enjoyment and relaxation or work and business. However, 9/11 is now, and will forever remain, a day of remembrance for those lost during and after the terrorist attacks that shocked all of our collective senses.
The Tempered by Memory memorial sculpture in High Rock Park has become the meeting ground for an annual ceremony of reverence. Created with metal from the World Trade Center buildings, the impressive 25-foot-tall sculpture is a permanent display of respect and reflection.
The ceremony program began with comments from Assistant Fire Chief John Betor, followed by a performance by the Saratoga Springs High School Choir and the entrance of the Color Guard.
After a moment of silence, Chaplain Sid Gordon presented the invocation and Mayor Joanne Yepsen said a few words. The keynote speaker was US Army Colonel Jim Pabis, whose speech was followed by the wreath laying by SSFD Chief Bob Williams and SSPD Chief Greg Veitch.
After trumpeter Alex Jones played taps, Rev. Thomas Chevalier read the benediction.
The ceremony was followed by tea, coffee and conversation. Those in attendance viewed the new “Survivor Tree” planted nearby, along with a display of photography by Lawrence White, Chief Photographer for Saratoga Living Magazine. White received a 2001 New York Press Association award for his images of the 9/11 attacks.