MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Members of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department held a brief but somber ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to commemorate Patriots Day, the day America pays tribute to victims of 9-11 at the twin towers, the Pentagon and the fields of Pennsylvania.

At the ceremony at the firehouse, held at the department’s monument at the corner of Route 6 and Croton Falls Road, there were two moments of silence; one at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane hit the north tower, and another at 9:03 a.m., when the second plane struck the south tower.

MVFD Fire Commissioner George Jones noted the small monument in front of the gate was made from a piece of the World Trade Center.

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“We have a piece from the towers,” he said. “This piece of steel is cut from the same piece of steel that is from [a monument on] the USS New York.”

Jones said Patriots Day was important so that Americans always remember what happened on that day.

“As we stand here, we all remember the 343 [fire department] members that were murdered that day and all people that were in the towers, more than 3,000,” he said. “It’s a somber day and I hope nobody ever forgets. It’s entrenched in our minds.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, members of the fire department placed a wreath at the gates of the 9-11 memorial.