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Capital Region Remembers 9/11
Among the many memorial services held on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., the one in Glenville at the Water's Edge Lighthouse restaurant featured the end of a process that has been going on since the day of the attacks. It's a process of healing that has allowed a local man to feel as though his life has almost returned to normal.
For Steven Cafiero, the passage of time and the revelation of details about the attacks has led to a final version of a poem he wrote about the attacks and the loss of his son, Steven Cafiero, Jr., in those attacks. He was 31 years old.
"It took me twelve years," he says. "It was my therapy."
The finished poem has, by Cafiero's design, a metre he likens to that of "The Night Before Christmas". Most of the lines have either nine or eleven syllables - a few have ten.
The ceremony featured speeches from several elected officials and the singing of the national anthem. The property features a memorial built in part from steel girders that were salvaged from the pile of debris at the World Trade Center site.