Local events commemorate 9/11

Two ceremonies in Ulster

To mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Town ofUlsterwill play host to two events. At 10 a.m., the annual town ceremony will be held atRobertPostPark. All are invited; lineup is at 9:30.

At 3 p.m., the Spring Lake Fire Department will unveil and dedicate its permanent outdoor exhibit ofWorldTradeCentersteel in the memorial garden of its firehouse onLucas Avenue. The steel was provided to the fire department by the Port Authority.

New Paltz holds events

SUNY New Paltz will hold two events to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The college has organized a panel discussion this Thursday, September 8, and a flag-planting ceremony in remembrance of those who lost their lives and in recognition of all first responders. The ceremony will take place at noon this Friday, September 9, on the Old Main Quad. Both events are open to the public.


President Donald P. Christian will preside over the ceremony. Scheduled speakers include a first responder from the local community, the Rev. Tobias Anderson from Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Paltz, and James Halpern, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. Halpern was at the World Trade Center site following the September 11 attacks to offer mental-health first aid.

Campus chimes will ring this Sunday, September 11, at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. (the times of the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and Pentagon and the crash of the fourth jet in Shanksville, Pa.) The community is encouraged to reflect in silence as the chimes sound. After the last chimes, members of the community are welcome to bring home a flag in memory.

Finally, a panel discussion titled “Ten Years On…Reflections on 9/11” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. this Thursday in the Honors Center. The moderator will be Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement. Members of the local rescue squad, fire department and police departments will participate in the flag-planting ceremony.

Rising from sorrow

The Woodstock Elementary School on Route 212 will be the site of an interfaith remembrance concert entitled “Rising from Sorrow: A Concert of Remembrance, Reconciliation and Hope” this Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m. Ars Choralis and the chorus of the Woodstock Elementary School will perform. School Chorus. Clergy from Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist faiths will participate.

Highland remembers

In memory of those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Highland Fire Department, American Legion, VFW and Police Department of the Town of Lloyd and Town of Lloyd Events Committee will hold a gathering at Highland Hose Station 1 on Milton Avenue this Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m. The unveiling of the 9/11 monument made from an artifact from Ground Zero will be unveiled during the ceremony. For more information contact Wendy Rosinski at 691-2144.