“Historians will look back and see this haze of impending doom hanging over the summer, tainting the whole thing with ironic foreshadowing, “ she said. “But then, when we were living it, it was just perfect and innocent.”
After the attacks, however, community gatherings took on great meaning, she continued.
“And now the festivals are tainted with that haze of impending doom, the sure knowledge that you can be celebrating something as wholesome as a footrace and awful people will do horrible things to wreck it, and all most of us can do is carry on like it doesn’t matter.
“We weren’t really any safer in July than we were in September,” she said. “But we — I, at least — were innocent, like a little kid in a red shirt, and I miss that.”
Also part of the college’s ceremony were songs performed by the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir, a color guard of members of the school’s ROTC program and a moment of silence for those who died in the attacks on the Twin Towers, including alumni Robert Sutcliffe of the class of 1984 and William Erwin of the class of 1992; as well as at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 93.
FLAG AT HALF-STAFF
At a separate event on Wednesday at the Town Offices in Chesterfield, Woodmen of the World Chapter 1016 gifted and dedicated a new flag and flagpole to the town in honor of 9/11.
“It was a very nice ceremony,” Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow told the Press-Republican.
While Chesterfield’s original two-piece flagpole was dedicated in memory of the attacks shortly after they occurred, he said, that staff broke two years ago as a result of the tropical storms that hit the area.
Though Morrow had intended to purchase another pole for the town, the Woodmen offered one they had, which is one piece and much stronger than the previous one.