Columbia County prepares for annual 9/11 memorial

September 10, 2018 04:50 PM

VALATIE – The Columbia County 9/11 Memorial Ceremony is set for Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. It’s built with tiles for the names of each first responder who died that day. It’s got five sides for the Pentagon and some sod to mark Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

First dedicated in 2009, it’s part of a Girl Scout “Mission Possible” project for Kinderhook and Chatham.

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"And for the children who are learning about this it's important for us to say yes, it did happen, it's an awful thing, it's a scary thing but there's things that can come out of it such as hope and peace,” said Amy Gresiemer, a Girl Scout leader.

The idea came from Dawna LoPiccolo, who lived on Long Island, worked near the World Trade Center and volunteered at Ground Zero for four months after the 9/11 attacks. She met and married a firefighter at Ground Zero and moved to Columbia County.

“I wanted to make sure that what I saw and experienced was not forgotten,” LoPiccolo said. “That was my heart’s desire for creating it. So small-town America can truly embrace this nation’s tragedy.”


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