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New 9/11 memorial unveiled in Ballston Spa

New 9/11 memorial unveiled in Ballston Spa (WRGB)

BALLSTON SPA, NY (WRGB)--"16 years ago today, almost 3,000 innocent individuals were taken from us."

One of whom, was Bill Canty's brother.

"I don't want to get too emotional today, I'm not going to talk too much about how much we miss Mike, which is tremendous," he said.

Canty says Mike was working on the 92nd floor, and never made it out.

Monday night, Canty spoke at a 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony in Ballston Spa.

"Mike would be really honored to know that all these people care 16 years after this happened," he said.

The village rotary unveiled a new park featuring two steel railroad lines salvaged from debris below the Twin Towers.

"The only two artifacts left from the World Trade Center. How that happened to be, I'll never know," said Pete Champagne of the Ballston Spa Rotary.

The rails had previously been stored in an 80,000 square foot hangar that at one time was filled to capacity with 9/11 relics.

"We had no idea we were bringing home the last two pieces of the World Trade Center to be given out. That was by far, the most humbling, eerie, emotional moment of this trip," said Champagne.

Now they serve as a reminder, for generations to come, of how many were lost, and how many were saved, thanks to the brave men and women who ran to help.

While many wish they could forget the horrors of that day, no New Yorker, no American, ever will.

"That would be exactly what the monsters who perpetrated the attacks would want. They wanted to see our spirit and our resolve broken. However, we cannot, and we will not, ever forget," said Village of Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano.

"We will never live in fear. We will continue to defend our freedoms and quality of life and enjoy the greatest nation in the world, the United States of America," said Town of Ballston Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak.

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