“Where were you when the world stopped turning, on that September day?”
These lyrics from the popular Alan Jackson song are relevant every year
when the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on our World
Trade Centers draws near. I don’t know a single adult who can’t
specifically recall exactly where they were and how they felt when they
heard the news or watched the attacks.
Now, in the towers’ place, a 9/11 memorial in place at Ground Zero serves as a memorial for those lost on that tragic day. Saratoga Springs also has its own 9/11 memorial in High Rock Park. Saratoga’s 25-foot tall “Tempered By Memory” statue is made of twisted metal taken from the World Trade Center wreckage and was dedicated Sunday, September 9th, just two days before the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The idea for the memorial was first proposed in 2010 by Saratoga Arts, and now, after two years and much debate about its location, the idea has finally come come to fruition. High Rock Park was chosen for the statue’s location this past spring, and the “Tempered By Memory” memorial was transported to Saratoga in July.