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Taking time to remember

— Our mind is such a wonderful tool. As we age we must continue to use it by reading, writing and recalling. I find it amazing that sometimes we can’t remember what we did yesterday and even sometimes we must stop and think what we actually were doing an hour ago. Yet, most of us can recall where we were, what we were doing and where we were going when that tragic terrorist attack happen on Sept. 11. As we approach the 10th anniversary, there will be many ways for us to reflect, pay tribute and say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives and those whose lives were taken selfishly from their families.

On Sept. 11 there will be a memorial service at the Cicero Fire Department honoring the 343 New York City firefighters killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an annual memorial service. There will be an open house and EMS and firefighting demonstrations held throughout the day. I encourage you to stop by and join the Cicero Fire Department during this memorial ceremony. Visit with your firefighters and EMS volunteers, learn about what they do and even think about becoming part of this volunteer organization.

In the town of Cicero, we have the courageous support of five volunteer firefighting organizations: Brewerton, Cicero, South Bay, Bridgeport, and North Syracuse. These men and women give a tremendous amount of their personal time to train and volunteer at their respective fire stations, responding to the many calls, whether it is a house fire, car accident, medical call, a cat up a tree and many other types of emergencies. It takes a special person to give of their time and personal lives. Be sure to thank them for what they do.

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