To the Editor:
(Chittenango – Sept. 11, 2012) Remembering events of 11 years ago in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania still continues to bring to mind many thoughts of how that day changed us, America and the world.
This year, Chittenango held its 11th annual program of reflection and remembrance for Patriot Day at Stickles Park to provide a time for people to focus on those tragic events, recovery, healing and rebuilding, to reflect the great stamina and endurance exhibited by this country and her people to rise above tragedy.
It also gave time to remember that the world is not the same today as it was Sept. 11, 2001, because of the ever-present threat against this great country. Our small community was one of many places to hold a program to remember, something our community has vowed to continue to do. We believe it is all part of the country’s healing process, but also a time to bring our community together to reflect how Sept. 11, 2001, impacted each and every one of us individually.
We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who helped with this year’s program. Father Timothy Elmer who played bagpipes, Father Edward Reimer from St. Patrick’s Church for delivering the invocation, the members of the Chittenango Select Choir under the direction of Matthew Stearns for singing during the event, Sophia Cowburn and Tyler Lewis under the direction of Aaron Velardi for playing Taps, Bob Freunscht for emceeing the evening’s program, Pastor Mickey Keville from CrossRoads Community Church for delivering the benediction, guest speaker Col. Charles Dorsey, the members of the Chittenango Police Department, Chittenango Fire Department and Auxiliary, American Legion Post 1287 and auxiliary, members of the Boy Scouts for serving as our color guard, Manlius Fire Department and Chittenango Fire Department for providing their aerial ladder trucks to hang the American flag across Route 5, Chittenango Public Works Department for preparing the park for the event, Chittenango Board of Trustees, Chittenango Rotary Club and Chittenango Lions Club, Rob Doss for setting up and operating the sound system, Tops Market for their donation and support, Chittenango Village Office Staff for setting up the program and assistance during the program.
Most of all, thanks go to the community for its continued support. Chittenango is a great community because of its residents.
We are making plans for next year’s program – Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013; we trust we will see you then.
Thanks again for making our community great!
Mayor Ronny Goeler, Chittenango