If you visit the chambers of the Rensselaer County Legislature, you will see a flag with the words “Never Forget” underneath a Pentagon and a handful of stars stitched on the flag. The flag was presented to the County Legislature by a veteran who had played an active role with various deployments during the War on Terror. The flag reminds us of those lost on that day in 2001, including a number with direct ties to Rensselaer County.
Since that day, there have been others from the county and the region who have fallen to protect our freedom and many others called from their homes in the county to serve abroad in defense of America.
For what we believe is the second time since 2001, the September meeting of the County Legislature was held on September 11. Meeting on that date takes on extra significance. Legislator Mike Stammel drafted a special prayer noting the events of that date and I also discussed the last importance of September 11 on our country.
Much has changed since terror struck our shores. But the Rensselaer County Legislature, as seen by the “Never Forget” flag in our chambers and our monthly ceremonies to remember deceased veterans, will continue to keep the events of that day foremost in our thoughts and deeds.