Vestal 9/11/01 Remembrance Ceremony & George Washington Statue Dedication
This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. If you were old enough to remember then you'll never forget. Our world was changed forever at 8:46 a.m. that day when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center's north tower.
There will be many ceremonies throughout our area that day. If you are looking for a place to go on Saturday morning, you are invited to a Remembrance and Dedication ceremony in Vestal.
Remembrance and Dedication Ceremony
Beginning at 10 a.m., you are invited to reflect at Vestal Hills Memorial Cemetery, 3997 Vestal Road. The 9/11 memorial/remembrance ceremony will take place at the base of the George Washington statue.
The officers of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason will hold a 9/11 ceremony led by William M. Sardone, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. After the tribute, a re-dedication of the statue will take place.
You see, George Washington was a mason. No, I didn't know that either. The statue was constructed in 1937 to honor the memories of those members of the masonic fraternity that are buried at the cemetery.
If you look closely at the statue, you'll notice that George Washington is in full masonic regalia.
The re-dedication will also serve as the official fundraising campaign to rebuild and repair the base. The base of the statue is bigger than the statue itself with the base over 12' tall and the bronze statue over 8' high.
As you can see, the base is in need of a lot of work.
The event is open to the public. The weather will probably also remind you of 20 years ago as it'll be about the same with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s.
When this time of year rolls around, we say that we should never forget and I agree. In my opinion, we should remember all year long, and here is a reminder why.