Ithaca to host 9/11 commemorative display

Ithaca will be one of thirty (30) cities across the state of New York hosting special commemorative displays entitled “New York Remembers” honoring the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attack and loss of life at the World Trade Center in New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the State of New York has organized a thirty city commemoration, which will officially kick off on Sunday September 11, 2011. The exhibitions will feature artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and the national September 11 Memorial and Museum.Mayor Carolyn Peterson was involved in the effort to have Ithaca included in the list of cities selected to receive commemorative exhibits. Peterson noted that “as Ithacans we all shared in the grief and shock that occurred following the World Trade Center attack and we are privileged to be able to host one of the commemorative exhibits that the State has prepared to honor this upcoming 10th anniversary”.The exhibit will be housed downtown in the first floor of the Rothschild building, located at 215 The Commons. This same space recently hosted a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition. Local details for the display and an Ithaca ceremony will be coordinated with the State by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Executive Director Gary Ferguson reported that “the Downtown Alliance was quick to respond to the Mayor’s request for help on this important community project. Downtown is the place we come together, often to celebrate, sometimes to mourn, and sometimes to reflect. This exhibit and this ceremony will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on 9/11 and its impact on the people of New York”.More details on the duration and hours of the exhibit will be released as plans are finalized. Each location will open sometime during the week of August 29 and will continue until the end of September. All locations will be open on Sunday, September 11th.

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