ALLEGANY, NY — The Olean Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday with a talk by Cattaraugus County Administrator Jack Searles, who will chronicle his experiences in lower Manhattan in the shadow of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event, free and open to the public, will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 44 N. Third St. Refreshments will be served.

Searles was in New York City that morning to meet with Standard and Poor’s on county business.  In the confusion that ensued, he and his colleagues were separated into two groups as they attempted to evacuate.

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The scheduled speaker has worked for Cattaraugus County in various positions for 37 years and is a member of the Olean Rotary Club and the Olean Stamp Club. He has written numerous articles on philatelic topics and local postal history and has served as an adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War. Any woman age 18 or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background that can prove lineal descent from a Patriot or participant of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. Interested women are welcome to attend the meeting, or for more information about membership, please contact the Olean Chapter Registrar, Cindy Keeley, at oleanDAR2016@gmail.com.