A remembrance ceremony in Troy and the opening of an exhibit at the State Museum in Albany are among the events planned in the Capital Region today in observance of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on this nation.
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“This is the first time the public has been invited into this very private place,” said New York State Museum director Mark Schaming.
Since September 11, 2001 the families of those lost created a safe space at One Liberty Plaza to gather, remember, and honor their loved ones.
Now you can find the artifacts from the city, here in Albany, being shared for the first time publicly, at the New York State museum.
“They want to keep the story of their loved ones killed alive, they want to keep the story of their loved ones alive,” said Schaming.
Particularly for the many Americans that weren’t here that tragic day.
“We were in a hotel and my mom told me their was a 911 exhibit and I wanted to learn about it,” said Brooklyn Pariso.
“It’s different for them. My husband and I were alive when it happened, and we’ve talked to them a lot about it and we’ve explained to them how it happened and when it happened and what it means to them and what it means to the Country,” said Tara Pariso.
A day 13 years later Tara Pariso can replay in her mind as if it were yesterday.
“Where I was what I was doing how terrified I was and just not having any idea what was going on,” said Tara Pariso.
Each face a story.
“Sad they died so young, they deserved longer lives,” said Brooklyn Pariso.
“It makes you want to reach out to those families even though you don’t know them but we’re all Americans and we’re from New York State,” said Tara Pariso.
A tragedy that hit not only the Empire State, but the entire world.
“That’s really the heart of the story and this tells the story better than anything we’ve ever done,” said Schaming.