Both the city of Cortland and village of Homer planned socially distant remembrance ceremonies for today’s 19th anniversary of 9/11.
Cortland’s was held this morning inside Courthouse Park at a memorial site installed in 2018, featuring steel taken from Ground Zero.
Making the mural possible were CPD Dpt. Chief Paul Sandy and Officer Jesse Abbott, supported by members of the community who donated some $40k for its construction. (More from a recent interview)
Retired Air Force Colonel Kim Walsh was this morning’s keynote speaker, who was working in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
The ceremony also remembered the lives of Port Authority Officer Paul Jurgens, along with SUNY Cortland Grad Karen Navarro and student/FDNY firefighter Michael Boyle – all of whom were lost during the attacks.
Members of Boyle’s family were in attendance at today’s service.
Homer’s ceremony is planned for 6 pm and is likely to be brief, expected to run no longer than a half-hour.
In attendance will be members of the village police and fire departments, along with representatives from the local American Legion Post 465.
Members of the public may attend as long as they wear masks and abide by all other COVID-19 health protocols.
The gathering will take place at the village’s own memorial – also comprised of steel beams from the WTC – located next to the fire department on South Main Street.
Village police chief Bob Pitman and fire chief Mahlon Irish discussed the event more on yesterday’s Happening in Homer, a segment which airs every other Thursday morning on WXHC. (listen here)