Just as those who were there for the JFK assassination, anyone who lived during the Sept. 11th attacks on our nation could likely tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing at the time.
For me, I was a high school student at Tuxedo High School sitting in first period study hall. A teacher rushed out of the faculty lounge shouting that we were under attack. Several of us students joined him to watch the second tower struck, signifying that we were, in fact, under attack.
To this day, I’ll never know why that teacher thought we were under attack knowing only one plane had hit at the time. The damages from the attack were and continue to be clear. We lost thousands of men and women on that day, countless soldiers fighting the war on terrorism, and tragically, we continue to see the death toll rise today from first responders who were at ground zero for rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts.
Our job, as citizens of this great nation, is to join in remembering those who were lost that day, and the days after. Our job is to never forget. Please consider joining your fellow community members in honoring our First Responders and remembering those lost. The remembrance will be at the Greenwood Lake Firehouse on Wed., Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the Sept. 11 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.