9/11 Tribute Ceremony held in Glenville

September 11, 2018 11:09 PM

17 years after the 9/11 terror attacks took the lives of nearly 3000 people, remembrance ceremonies are being held all across the country.

The Water's Edge Lighthouse Restaurant has hosted one in Glenville each year for the last 12 years. A permanent memorial to the terror attacks sits next to the building.

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Steven Cafiero lost his son Steven Jr. in the attacks. The 31 year old had just started working on the South Tower twelve days before he died.

"I got a call from my wife and she said two planes hit the World Trade Center and I said which one?" said Cafiero. "I rushed home and we watched the towers fall. I was crushed."

Cafiero was a featured speaker at today's ceremony. Joined by government officials, active and retired military members and first responders a key theme among those speaking was the need for the country to get back to unity like we did in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

"I think it really brings that to the forefront. We should really realize how important we are to each other as a nation," said Chief Raymond Senecal of the Schenectady Fire Department.

"It's a horrible part of our history but it's something that we shouldn't forget about because it's huge and changed all of our lives," said Joe Popolizio, general Manager at Water's Edge.

With two steel beams from the towers, an American flag and the river in the background Cafiero says it is the perfect spot to reflect. He says he will continue to be a part of the ceremony to ensure others never forget.

"Every single day, every minute of the day, I never stop thinking about my son," said Cafiero.


Jacquie Slater

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