LAKE PLACID - Several artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City are on display at the Conference Center at Lake Placid through the end of the month.
The display includes a beam from the Twin Towers that rescue workers cut crosses out of, a map of the mall at the World Trade Center and a large display with posters of people who went missing on that day.
"As I look at those pictures, I'm struck by the fact that every picture is an individual with a story," said Dede Scozzafava, deputy secretary for local government at the state Department of State.
Lake Placid firefighters look at a display of posters of people who went missing at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, part of a 9/11 exhibit that will be at the Conference Center at Lake Placid until the end of the month.
(Enterprise photo — Nathan Brown)
Scozzafava was one of several officials who spoke at the Conference Center Wednesday afternoon at an opening ceremony that was also attended by, among others, a number of Lake Placid police and fire department members, and representatives of the state police and the Essex County sheriff's department.
"This is not just about the historic events that took place on that day," said Lake Placid Fire Chief Lianne Colby. "It's also about the names of those we lost, the faces of the first responders, and the stories of all those who were affected on that day. We must not forget all who died, who put their lives on the line, and those who came together at our time of need."
"It is important to remember the innocent men and women who did nothing that day but go to work," said state Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury.
Little also said it is important to remember the hundreds of rescue workers, firefighters and police who, "as other people were coming down the stairs, they were going up the stairs."
Scozzafava called the attacks "a threat to our way of life, a test of our resolve to coexist in a free and tolerant society. ... We will never allow the bonds that unite us to be broken by those that are full of hatred rather than the love of humanity that binds us together."
North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi spoke while wearing a cap with "USA" on the front. He said he meant no disrespect by wearing a hat, but "in some ways, to me, it's important, given the circumstances of today, we honor this country, and I've always felt great pride wearing a hat with 'USA' on it."
Village Mayor Craig Randall gave the opening and closing remarks. He called the exhibit a place to "remember the victims of Sept. 11 and honor the countless heroes from throughout the state."
Several of the speakers also said it is important to remember the families of the victims and to preserve the memory of what happened for future generations who won't remember it like people who lived through that day. They also thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority for the exhibit.
The museum is at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lake Placid is one of 30 locations throughout the state hosting these exhibits. The artifacts are from the state museum and the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, and each display is different.
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