North Country Remembers 9/11 AttacksPosted: Updated:
On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Fort Drum honored the victims of the terror attacks Monday morning.
Fort Drum held a wreath-laying ceremony in front of Clark Hall at 8:46 a.m., the time the first airliner crashed the World Trade Center's North Tower.
Fort Drum Fire Captain Robert Tennies went to New York City to help after the attacks and spoke about the importance of remembering 9/11.
"I think back on where was I when the first plane hit the towers," he said. "I was here at work and we turned the television on. We were just in shock and awe of what was happening and what was going to unfold that morning."
A moment that sticks with Tennies was when he returned and saw his daughter.
"We went to the movies after I got back and we were in the dark theater. She started to cry and ran out because she was afraid the bad guys were going to kill her dad because she saw all those firemen go in that building that day and they didn't come back," he said.
The memorial honored the victims and first responders, as well as soldiers who have fought in the Middle East since the attacks.
Major General Walter Piatt also spoke about the importance of remembering 9/11.