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Commemorating 9/11: Events, Poll

One event features a candlelight vigil, another will give folks the opportunity to view relics from the North Tower.

The 11th anniversary of September 11 is upon us, and folks all over the country are taking time to remember and honor those who died in the horrific attacks. 

Several events are slated to take place in Putnam (click the links for more information):

  •  — This morning ceremony takes place at  in Brewster. It's going to include a prayer, bagpipes and more. The event starts a bit before 8:46 a.m., the moment the first of the planes hit.
  • — Located at the  in Southeast, this display will include actual relics of the North Tower, as well as pieces of literature (newspapers, magazines and more) linked to the attacks. It's happening in the evening.
  •  — Last year, this event reportedly drew more than 1,000 people. The annual gathering takes place at Cornerstone Park in Carmel, and attendees participate in a candlelight vigil. Some folks attend mass down the road at St. James the Apostle Church beforehand.

Last year, Putnam residents reflected in a number of ways.

Dozens of American flags lined the fence around the track at . Football players and spectators alike before a game. 

Scores of people at the  choked back tears .

This year, talk in Southeast of the anniversary started well before September 11. Last week, Brewster Village trustees noted the attacks with a proclamation. Folks at the Team Brewster meeting last week paused to remember the day, too.

But certain people say more should be done to recognize September 11. Some want it declared a holiday. Others, like a resident who wrote to Patch about the lack of notation on the calendar, would like to see more awareness.

So, we want to know what you think. If you live in Brewster or Southeast (or or somewhere else in Putnam), please consider taking the below poll.

bob cullen September 11, 2012 at 01:11 AM
It is a shame the brewster school district does not have sept 11th listed as patriot's day. Hopefully they will correct that next year.
Jack Duncan September 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Brewster Elks Club- September 11th Ceremony 6pm
Denise L September 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
It should be a national Holiday like 4th of July and Presidents day etc.
babypotato September 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
It wouldn't be appropriate to make 9/11 a "holiday"....it SHOULD be recognized, but in the same way D-day or Pearl Harbor are, as a day of observation and remembrance
Lavender September 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Why "should" it be a holiday? Most holidays are a celebration of victories or other "glorious" events, while 9/11 was essentially a defeat for the US. It was a failure of our government to recognize and deal with a known threat. I'm all for remembering those who needlessly and tragically lost their lives on this date, but holidays are largely celebrations and to make this a holiday ends up celebrating Al Qaeda's victory in this case.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I just learned tonight that the members of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 38 (located on Starr Ridge Road in Southeast) did not work Tuesday in remembrance of those who lost their lives 11 years ago.

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