Local events commemorate 9/11

Saugerties first responders
The annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony, first created by Sonny Solitto, will be held this year at 11 a.m. at the monument at the entrance of Cantine Field. Organized by the Saugerties Emergency Association, it will include members of the town’s various fire companies and a speech by Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel.

Saugerties remembers victims

The annual community-wide 9/11 memorial religious service in Saugerties will also include a remembrance of victims of Tropical Storm Irene. The service will take place under the lights this Sunday evening, September 11 at Cantine Field at 7 p.m.
In the wake of devastation that took place in the Catskills, it is imperative, said Reformed Church pastor Terry O’Brien, to remember not only the lives lost ten years ago at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa., but also the lives that have been forever changed due to the recent natural disaster. The message will be “Remember … Reach Out … and Rebuild.”

Donations will be accepted for the residents of some of the hardest-hit towns: Prattsville, Margaretville andWindham. If there is rain, the service will move to the town senior center at the corner of Market and Robinson streets in Saugerties.



Kingston Point ceremony

An interfaith call to remembrance and healing will be held on the morning of September 11 at 8:30 a.m. atKingstonPointPark, at the bottom ofDelaware Avenuein downtownKingston. The event will conclude by 9:15 a.m.

With an open invitation to the public, leaders from various faiths inKingstonand nearby communities have asked each participant to bring at least two flowers. Some flowers will be available onsite. Songs and chants from different faiths and traditions will be punctuated by periods of reflective silence. The group will cast into the waters of theHudsonan initial “waterfall of flowers” in remembrance of those who perished, followed by a second waterfall to symbolize healing.

These faith communities are supporting the event: Flowing Spirit Healing (Pathwork and Sufism); Lakota Community (Native American); New Paltz Friends’ Meeting (Quaker); Old Dutch Church (Dutch Reformed); Temple Emanuel (Jewish); Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills; Ulster County Religious Council (interfaith cluster of congregations); and the Woodstock Sufi Center.


View the sacred I-beam

In partnership with the National Constitution Center’s annual “I Signed the Constitution” program, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating Constitution Day, September 17, with a special display in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home from September 8 to 18.

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against America, visitors can view a section of steel I-beam from the World Trade Center in New York City. On display for the first time, the two-foot I-beam section was removed from Ground Zero and donated to the Roosevelt Library by the City of New York in 2003.

A copy of the U.S. Constitution and a signing book will be displayed, inviting the visiting public to acknowledge their dedication to the ideals of our governing document, which has formed the basis of the oldest constitutional government in the world. Visitors can also take the “Constitution Quiz” and test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The Wallace Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.