Saratoga Springs remembers lives lost on 9/11, including one of its own

September 11, 2019 06:49 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It was a solemn ceremony to remember a somber day: September 11, 2001.

"We will strike the bell 18 times," said master of ceremonies Ray O'Conor. "Once for each year, since that horrific day."
They paused for moment of silence at 8:46, the precise time the first plane crashed into the first tower at the World Trade Center.


A bugler played Taps to honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed that day, including Don Kauth of Wilton.

An analyst for a prominent New York City financial firm, Kauth lived here with his four children, but spent weekdays working in Manhattan on the 85th floor of the South Tower.

His son, Patrick Kauth, was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's ceremony.

"I think he would be extremely touched. I mean how could you not be? I mean 18 years is a long time," said Kauth. "Humans forget. It's kind of our nature. So I think 18 years on to see this kind of crowd turn out is pretty remarkable."

Eighteen years later, the Kauth siblings still feel the pain. They say the grief comes in waves, without warning, not necessarily on 9/11.

"Something that reminds you of him. A song that comes on. A movie that comes on, something along those lines where it can just hit unexpectedly."

During his remarks, Patrick, who teaches history at Albany Academy, described his father as his best friend - a bond forged while traveling to hockey tournaments all over the Northeast.

"Not only was he a great father in raising me and instilling morals and values but I can really confidently say that he was my best friend."


Mark Mulholland

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