Sept. 11, 2009, the 8th anniversary of the attack that struck our nation in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The village of Chittenango set aside this evening as a time of reflection and remembrance for those that died, the families left behind, and the brave troops that continue to fight for our freedom day after day in very difficult situations and locations, as well as, the many brave police, fire and emergency workers that serve and protect our country.
The Village, as a community, gathered at the Chittenango Fire Department, due to the threat of rain, to pause and reflect on the events that took place eight years ago. I extend my thanks to Bob Freunscht for supporting me by leading this program in my absence, the Chittenango Select Choir under the direction of Matt Stearns for sharing their musical talents with the community, to Aaron Velardi and Sarah McBroom for playing "Taps", to Pastor Mickey Keville of CrossRoads Community Church and Pastor Dan Maxfield of the First Baptist Church of Chittenango, for Village Trustee Melinda Kopp and Chittenango Fire Chaplain Baker, for leading us through their special reflections, to the Chittenango Lions Club, Chittenango Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, the Boy and Girl Scout troops that attended, to the Chittenango Fire Department and Fire Auxiliary for opening the doors of the station for the program, the Chittenango Police Department, the American Legion Post 1287 and Post Auxiliary for the color/honor guard, to the Chittenango Public Works Department, to the village staff for their assistance throughout the program, Bob Doss for set up and operation of the sound system, and a young lady named Maizie who handed out candles, and most of all to all the residents who took time to attend, I extend on behalf of the village of Chittenango appreciation for all your efforts and participation in keeping Patriot Day in the forefront of your thought.
In the words of Bob Freunscht, this Program will continue as it is important to remember this day and the sacrifices that it meant and means to our Country and Community. Each of you that attended this year is extended a challenge to bring a friend or family member next year to insure that we don't forget the wonderful freedoms we enjoy and the high cost for such freedoms.
This is a great country and community and you as residents make it great!
RONNY L. GOELER
MAYOR OF CHITTENANGO