The Hudson Community will Never Forget

September 15, 2017

 

by David S. Morin

On the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City; Arlington, Va.; and Shanksville, Pa., the town of Hudson came together at the 9/11 Memorial in Benson Park to honor and remember those lost.

After much work was done there over the summer with new turf, a sprinkler system and landscaping with flowers and small American flags, the memorial grounds, once again, looked as they did on the dedication in 2011.  This work was completed by the town’s highway department.

A crowd of several hundred gathered around the memorial for the event.  Police Chief Jason Lavoie and Fire Chief Rob Buxton placed a wreath in front of the steel beam that is the focal point of the memorial.  The American Legion Post 48 Firing Squad followed with a 21-gun salute and “Taps” played by Hudson Police Detective Allison Cummings.

Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Ted Luszey briefly spoke to the crowd and asked not only to remember those lost on that day but also the military service personnel who have given their lives and continue to protect us as well as emergency service workers who have died from related illnesses from the event.

Included in the crowd attending the ceremony was a professor and several students who at the time of the attack were two years old.  The group came to Hudson for the ceremony as part of their studies.  Several members of the 9/11 committee spoke with the group after the ceremony explaining why the memorial means so much to the town and the process it took to obtain the steel and build the memorial.

As people began to leave the park, members of the 911 committee were asked if there was one thing that should come from the remembrance ceremony what would it be.  All replied that most important was to never forget what happened; those in the town of Hudson won’t.