Victims to be remembered

A day of remembrance will be observed on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site for those who wish to contemplate or honor heroes from the past and present. The museum and facilities will be open free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site, with its beautiful open rolling meadows and scenic mountain views, offers quiet and tranquility.

There were 2,974 fatalities, not including the 19 Islamic hijackers, following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001: 246 on the four planes (no one on board any of the hijacked aircraft survived), 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon.

Among the fatalities were 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude was the highest ranking person killed at the Pentagon and John P. O'Neill was a former assistant director of the FBI who assisted in the capture of Ramzi Yousef and was the head of security at the World Trade Center when he was killed trying to rescue people from the south tower. An additional 24 people remain listed as missing and were probably killed in the attacks.

The Sept. 11 Hubbardton memorial service is at the site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Vermont. It is known as one of the best-preserved battlefields in the country and looks much as it did the day of the battleJuly 7, 1777. It is located on Monument Hill Road 6 miles off Route 30 in Hubbardton or 7 miles off exit 5 on Route 4 in Castleton. Carefully follow the signs. For more information about the Battlefield or this event, call (802) 273-2282.

The site is open Wednesdays through Sundays and Monday holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. Regular admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 15.

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