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In Albany, 9/11 exhibits give pause

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

I’ve wanted to share more from last week’s quick trip to the Albany area, but it’s been a particularly busy week. I hope to have articles about the Million-Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol building, and the impressive Civil War monuments in Ballston Spa and Saratoga.

For now, I want to share a photo of three elevator plaques from the World Trade Center. They are among several 9/11 exhibits in the State Capitol that also include an American flag from the WTC site, and pieces of steel from the fallen towers. There is also a door from a New York City fire truck, a fire hose that was recovered, badges from the state Office of Tax and Finance, and other artifacts from that tragic day.

When the exhibits were unveiled on Sept. 11, 2012, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued this statement: “Communities throughout New York, our nation, and the entire world felt the impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This year, on the 11th anniversary, we remember the thousands of innocent victims and honor the countless heroes who responded on that day and in the months that followed. This exhibition will serve as a way to educate New Yorkers and those who visit our state about the tragedy that unfolded on September 11, as well as remind each of us about the bravery and courage of our first responders.”