Residents joined town officials in holding a somber and yet, simultaneously, patriotic remembrance ceremony for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on Thursday night at Town Hall.
Speakers included First Selectman Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers; Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky; state Rep. David K. Labriola, R-Oxford; state Sen. Rob Kane, R-Watertown, who spoke on behalf of firefighters; local veteran Bill Baxter; and Oxford Ambulance Association member Kyle Leak. Residents were also given the opportunity to speak about how the terrorist attacks affected their lives. One resident said she had co-workers from Xerox copiers who died in the attack; another said her daughter worked at the World Trade Center and left the building early on that fateful morning.
"Thank God for small miracles," said the woman, whose name was not immediately available.
About 75 people attended the ceremony, of which the chief organizer was selectman secretary Kelly Weymer.
All speakers made lasting remarks, including Kane, who told the audience to "never forget."
"Never forget that day," he said. "Never forget how the country responded. Never forget the victims and the heroes. Never forget the firefighters. Never forget what this country stands for, and how we stand ready to meet any and all challenges in the future."
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