As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it is only appropriate that we all pause and remember the event and the lives taken away.
Three from Skaneateles were lost that day: Christopher Todd Pitman, Joseph Coppo and John Lozowsky, Jr., all died in the Twin Towers, and their names are emblazoned in the monument to them at Shotwell Park.
This Sunday, more than a dozen bells throughout the village will ring for each location attacked, and we encourage everyone to stop what they are doing, listen, and reflect on what the day means. As important as Pearl Harbor day was to Americans in the middle of the 20th century, Sept. 11 should never become just another for us in the beginning of the 21st.
It often seems many have forgotten the horror of that day, the meaning of that day, and, ultimately, the national unity from that day, simply because we have not been attacked again.
We also encourage everyone in our area to attend the prayer service from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in Shotwell Park hosted by the Skaneateles Ecumenical Clergy Association. This is a multi-denominational and non-denominational event — this is a community event — and a time for us all to remember and commiserate together.
We are a great community, a compassionate and caring community, and this is a time for the joy and the tears of remembering the loved and lost.
Let us not forget.