A brand-new 9/11 memorial was presented this morning in a ceremony attended by NYS Senator James Seward, NYPD Deputy Chief Theresa Tobin, Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin and Chaplain Dennis Hayes.
The ceremony was also attended by a large number of area high school students.
Cortland Police Officer Jesse Abbott was one of the leading forces behind building a memorial in Cortland. He spoke to X101 News after the ceremony about the process:
“It was a little over a year ago that Deputy Chief Paul Sandy, myself and Common Council member Michelle Mastropolo were amazed that Cortland didn’t yet have a 9/11 memorial. We then decided Courthouse Park was the best location. It’s been a long journey, but it’s been rewarding–and most importantly, it now shows that we won’t forget what happened that day.”
Senator Seward also spoke with X101 News, highlighting the local significance of bringing a 9/11 memorial to the city:
“We often say on September 11th to ‘Never Forget’ the events that occurred and lives that were lost on that horrific day. This memorial is tangible evidence that the Cortland community will never, ever forget.”
Steel for the monument was provided by the Trolley Museum of New York in Kingston.
Homer artist Tino Ferro and local mason Mike McKinney teamed up to build the monument, which now stands tall in Courthouse Park for years to come.