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[Photo Gallery] Ten Years Later, Oxford Remembers Somber Day

Residents and town officials hold ceremony to remember the victims of 9/11 and those who helped.

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." 

Oxford Patch plans to bring you more on this story on Friday morning.

Dorothy Peebles-Pelley September 09, 2011 at 05:27 PM
A very moving Memorial. The photos are expressive in particular the candle light ones. Each element had meaning and the whole event was done in the right tone and intent. Kelly and every one involved did an awesome job.
Kelly September 10, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Sorry for not having a sound system...definitely will have one for the next event! Thanks to everyone who participated...I could not have done it without all of you help. Mr. & Mrs. Baxter you are the best and are always willing to help. Stay awesome! To all of my co-workers, friends and family who I roped into 'volunteering', thanks for the labor and moral support. Thanks to Pastor Ackland, Senator Kane, Representative Labriola, Sarge, Kyle and again Mr. B...your speeches were extremely touching. Lily you did an outstanding job...I believe everyone was touched by the song you wrote! Thanks to all the readers, you all did a phenomenal job! Paul, thanks for the great advertising for this event on Patch. And thanks to our First Selectman Mary Ann for allowing me to bring this into fruition...you let me loose and that is sometimes dangerous!!! LOL I hope everyone enjoyed the ceremony and I appeciate all of you for attending. Again, I apologize for the lack of the sound system. And please....Never Forget!
Joe Hines September 10, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Ten years ago Heaven welcomed some of the finest first responders we had. It was a tragic day brought about by evil men. Remember the heroes, those brave passengers who fought back, and the fathers, mothers, daughters and sons who just got up like any other day to go to work and provide for their families. Remember those who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring justice. Our loss was heavens gain. For the past ten years these fine men and women have been looking over us from up above. Please take time this weekend to look up and say thank you.
Rachael R September 10, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Well said Joe.We should all take a moment to offer a communal prayer.
Ed Rowland September 10, 2011 at 08:34 PM
A moment of prayer and reflection and I am reminded of the fallen heroes of that tragic event.It was the Pearl Harbor of my generation.It really puts things in perspective and reminds us all that the nit picking that goes on daily is pretty insignificant.We should all be proud to Americans.Well said Joe and Rachael.

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