HUDSON — Two years ago, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, a 23-foot-high steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center’s north tower was installed as the centerpiece in Hudson’s 9/11 Memorial at the bottom of a grassy hill in Benson Park.
Hudson resident David Kovalcin was among the nearly 3,000 people who perished during the terrorist attacks. Kovalcin, who was killed when Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center, was just 42 years old.
As the sun set on Benson Park Wednesday evening, retired New York Police Department Detective Spike Cutolo reflected on the days following the deadly terrorist attack.
Cutulo, who assisted in search and rescue at Ground Zero following 9/11 and was also involved in investigations of the terrorist attacks, moved to New Hampshire in 2008.
When the town’s 9/11 Memorial was unveiled in 2011, Cutolo was among the several hundred residents who were present.
Pausing for a moment to remember two close friends who passed away “as a result of the terrorist attacks,” Cutolo said she preferred to focus on the inherent goodness of mankind that was demonstrated in the days to follow.
“The only difference between some of you and I was that I was doing my job,” she told the crowd of citizens, town officials, police officers and firefighters. “But all of us stood side by side that day with people like me.”
During her first visit to the Granite State in February 1998, Cutolo said she was touched by the way the community banded together following a crippling ice storm.
That close sense of community was also demonstrated following 9/11 and during the unveiling of the local memorial.
“We stood once again, shoulder to shoulder,” Cutolo said. “And you spread that rippling effect to your surrounding neighborhoods … and to the world.”
Reverend David Howe, who led the audience in a moment of reflection, urged all to keep their memories constant in their consciousness.
“Our memories store many events, facts and figures,” Howe said. “But at times we tend to forget things we need to remember.”
“For most of us, this is an event that stands out in our lifetime,” he added. “Lord, would you please bless America once again?”firstname.lastname@example.org