Welcome ceremony held for 9/11 sculpture
Members of the Saratoga community welcomed a new piece of history to their city Sunday. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, starting this 9/11 anniversary, residents will have a new spot to remember, reflect, and educate.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Paul Fanning, Lt. Colonel of the National Guard said, "This is a wonderful addition to the community."
Approaching the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, Saratoga Arts held a ceremony to welcome "Tempered by Memory" to it's permanent home at High Rock Park.
"Being able to come here and reflect and look back on it is so vitally important, I mean this is a visual stimulation," said Fanning.
The 24-feet-tall structure is made up of five steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center Towers. Fanning said that besides being a place to reflect, the piece of art will also serve to educate generations in years to come.
"Even if you weren't born when 9/11 happened, you need to learn about this, and having this here will help many parts of the community, young or old, to come here and reflect, and I think it's important for people to look into this further. There is a lot of suffering, but it's also about birth and renewal."