Recently I was in Ballston Spa, checking out the shops along Front Street when I noticed 2 steel beams that I thought were displayed as modern art. Once I got closer I realized this is a memorial to 9/11 and these "beams" are actually rails from the World Trade Center.

These aren't just pieces of steel, these are a portion of the tracks that brought thousands of New Yorkers to the World Trade Center every day and home every evening. Some of those New Yorkers lost their lives after riding these rails Tuesday September 11, 2001 and the train never ran again.

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The village of Ballston Spa established this memorial as a way to remember all who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11th. The inscription on the accompanying stone states:

These rails from the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Rail System ran under the World Trade Center and are displayed here as a reminder for generations to come that we will never forget.



We will never forget the events of September 11, 2001 and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks that occurred in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and the great state of New York. Here are a few of the 9/11 remembrance events planned for the Capital Region.

  • Albany - Sunday 9/12 at 8:45a - The Capital Memorial Stair Climb at Empire Plaza. Active Duty Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers are invited to take part in this memorial event honoring the sacrifices of fallen heroes. Fulfilling a promise to "NEVER FORGET" their brothers and sisters who have died in the line of duty, 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and 8 EMTs (the number of firefighters/law enforcement/EMTs that perished at Ground Zero with the collapse of the Twin Towers) climb 84 floors. Most climbers wear their personal protective equipment.
  • Ballston Spa - Saturday 9/11 at 7:30p - Ballston Spa is planning a special ceremony with music by the Union Fire Company Band, a dramatic light display, a special candle light ceremony and more.
  • Glenmont - Saturday 9/11 at 7pm - "20th Anniversary 9/11 Sunset Remembrance Ceremony" will take place at First Responders Honor Garden, 40 Center Lane, Glenmont. (glow-stick candles provided)

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