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Flags symbolizing the fallen of the 9/11 attacks displayed on the hill in front of the Stanford Town Hall at the town’s 9/11 memorial service held Monday, Sept.  Photo by L. Tomaino

Stanford hosts 9/11 tribute

STANFORDVILLE —  On Monday, Sept. 11, Stanford Fire Company President Evelyn Seipp began the Town of Stanford’s annual tribute ceremony facing the hill at the Town Hall, which held flags representing all those who fell in the 9/11 attacks.

Marie Stewart of the Pine Plains VFW gave the invocation. Past fire Chief Dennis Buchal read the poem “The Dash” and Assistant Chief Ed Cerul read “My Brother Has Fallen.”  After a moment of silence, bagpipe music filled the darkening sky as two columns of light appeared, stretching up into the night to symbolize the twin towers and all those lost that day. 

Ceremony attendee Tobias Ricciardelli recalled being on the roof of Hudson River State Hospital and seeing one of the attacking planes flying low over the Hudson. The hospital was “activated” an hour later, he said, and told to expect casualties, which never came.  

Attendee Marylin Hamada said the ceremony was a “very beautiful tribute and I am honored to be here.”

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