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Capital Region communities honor 9/11 victims

September 11, 2019 01:12 PM

The Capital Region was marking the 18th anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days. Commemorations began early Wednesday morning, with a total of about a dozen expected.

Here's just a few ways the Capital Region observed:

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LANSINGBURGH: A piece of the South Tower adorns Troy's memorial. It's a tribute by the 112th Street in Lansingburgh.

"It's a good, quiet place to come and reflect on the events of today or at any point in time just sit by the Hudson River. It's a nice, little quiet location," said Memorial Chairperson Jim Gordon.

ALBANY: Nearly 200 motorcycles roared down Madison Avenue near the NY State Museum. The motorcycles were headed towards Ground Zero.

Among them, Tom Kretsos an NYPD Sergeant visiting his sister in Virginia that day. He's now part of the Albany-Schenectady HOG.

"It was very eerie. I drove back from Virginia on I-95. I was probably one of the only vehicles on the road," he said.

Also there, the Croyles of East Greenbush, who have a grandson who wants to join the Marines.

"I've got goosebumps. This is my first time," said Mary Croyle. "I also want my grandson someday, who's 15, to take this ride in our footsteps."

SCHENECTADY: At Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, senior Shayla Moran had an idea to place nearly 3,000 flags on the front lawn of the school, for kids who were not yet born 18 years ago.

"We had alumni, we have families that are part of our school community that were affected by it," said Principal Kiante Jones.

"It makes we want to cry," said Moran. "Every single flag represents one life that was lost. Every single person, and it's just very emotional."

The tribute made her parents very proud.

Here are some other ceremonies that were planned for the day:

SARATOGA SPRINGS: A ceremony was held at High Rock Park on Wednesday morning.

EAST GREENBUSH: Members of the American Legion Post 1231 were holding a ceremony at noon.

GLENVILLE: The Water's Edge Lighthouse was holding a ceremony starting at 5 p.m.

HALFMOON: A wreath-laying ceremony was planned for the Abele Gazebo at 6 p.m.

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