An Inspired Gathering at Benson Park Recalls 9-11

September 20, 2019


by Len Lathrop

Hudson citizens came out to mourn on Sept. 11 in remembrance of the tragic action that changed our country forever 18 years ago.  Hudson’s Benson Park houses the largest piece of steel that was recovered from Tower One after the 2001 attack.  It was from the elevator shaft in the center to the building.  The recovered beam is the attraction of the memorial, but nestled into the hillside is an amazing spot.  The town’s Public Works Department cares for the park as if it was their home. Cement sidewalks with memorial stones mark the time of each of the incidents that occurred across our country on that day.  Flags adorned all the plants around each of the time markers.

Retired Fire Captain Todd Hanson cleaned each of the time stones at the memorial; they were pristine.  In the early hours of last Wednesday, someone placed a red rose on top of each of the stone time markers.

As the sun went down behind the trees, a warm glow covered the solemn proceedings as the sun continued to wash the beam and its ghost tower.  Selectman Chairman Dave Morin, who served as the master of ceremonies, welcomed HPD officer Taylor Morin, his daughter, to sing the “Star Spangled Banner.”  The flag was raised by Fire Deputy Chief John O’Brien and Police Captain David Cayot.  The Chiefs of Police and Fire placed a wreath in front of the beam as “Taps” was sounded by HPD Officer Allison Cummings,and The American Legion honored all with a 21-gun salute.

Selectman Morin spoke of an “Ode to America.”  On Oct. 12, 2001, Romanian newspaperman Cornel Nistorescu penned a pro-America editorial immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks written for the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei.

“Why are Americans so united?  They don’t resemble one another even if you paint them!  They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations.  Some of them are nearly extinct, others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of religious beliefs, not even God can count how many they are.  Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart.  Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers.  Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts.  Nobody rushed on the streets nearby to gape about.  The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colours of the national flag.  They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing.  On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: ‘God Bless America!’”

The Alvirne B Naturals chorus sang a melody of patriotic songs.  The songs stirred emotions from all those in attendance, and the high school students were powerful and moving with their presentation.

The ceremony closed with Morin thanking everyone involved in the service and everyone who attended.  He commented that he felt this was the largest attendance in many years.