Albany, N.Y. - The flag raising ceremony at Christian Brothers Academy is just one of the many ceremonies happening across the Capital Region Wednesday to remember the September 11th terrorist attacks.
In full uniform and marching to the beat of the school band, the cadets of CBA raising a flag and taking a moment to remember the lives lost on that fateful day 12 years ago.
"I feel that this is a testament to our great nation that we will never forget what happened on that infamous day." said one student.
For many of these students, the memories of the day are stories from loved ones. Most too young at the time to realize how our world was forever changed.
"This is the first year that we have students in our school who weren't born when these events happened. Our students know they have a responsibility to know the history of this country and what our country's place is in the world." said CBA Principal, James Schlegal.
And it wasn't just the young men in uniform standing and reflecting Wednesday, others taking a quiet moment at Troy's 9-11 memorial to think about the innocent lives gone too soon.
"All members standby as we remember those who gave their lives on September 11, 2001."
In front of Albany's City Hall Wednesday morning, members of the fire department bowing their heads as the tones sound.
"We lost 2,997 people that day, 411 emergency workers," said mayor jerry jennings, reminding us all that the freedoms we enjoy today are things we should not take for granted.
Jennings continued, "as we reflect upon the tragic events of September 11 I feel that it is important that we let this day of remembrance serve as a reminder of the remarkable strength of this nation and the freedom for which we stand."