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2014-09-10 / Editorials

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Clarence Editor

REMEMBERING OUR HISTORY — Most people remember where they were when the tragedies of 9/11 began to unfold. For my part, I was a freshman at Canisius College, sitting in English 102 with Mr. Blum.

I remember how beautiful a day it was, walking to and from class. When I got home about 20 minutes after 9 a.m., my roommate was sitting in the living room across from the TV with her face buried in her hands.

I had a brief meltdown, worried about my uncle who at the time worked at the Pentagon. I saw the images of fire and smoke rising from the five-sided Department of Defense fortress. I would find out later in the afternoon that his morning meeting that day had been canceled and he was fine.

As the years pass, we as Americans have a responsibility to remember the lives lost on that day and the fallout that has, to some degree, shaped a generation and our nation.

The Red Knights New York Chapter 47 is a group of motorcyclists who are current or former firefighters, and this week, they are giving residents of this area the opportunity to commemorate this historic tragedy.

The group will be hosting the third annual 9/11 Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Veterans and Heroes Park, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

A procession of motorcycles and fire apparatus will precede the ceremony and commence at the Crittenden Fire Department, 13415 Genesee St., Crittenden. All motorcycles and apparatus are asked to report to the station at 6 p.m., with the procession beginning at 6:15 p.m. Fire companies are asked to bring one truck per department, and participants not riding a motorcycle are asked to wear class A or dress uniforms.

Following the ceremony, all are welcome to proceed to Quaker Steak and Lube next door to participate in the group’s final bike night and car show of the summer.

For more information or to RSVP, contact PJ Reiner, vice president of RKMC 47, at 335-4383.

APPLES AND ANDROIDS — For the past few years, I have been a Mac user. I purchased my first MacBook in college after only ever using a PC because I was convinced the job market I was entering would require use of Adobe Creative Suite.

Well, I haven’t really needed to use it that much as an editor, thanks to our incredible production department that makes me look good on a weekly basis. But after having a Mac — and an iPhone — for a few years, I have to admit that I have “turned to the Dark Side” as my high school friends might say.

If I have any particular reason for liking Apple products more than PC, it’s because they have made my job easier. If you’ve seen me out at meetings or covering events, I’m not on Twitter and Facebook, I’m recording the audio, which then plugs into my iTunes. I have a much easier time transcribing when I get to listen in stereo instead of mono.

Why am I telling you this? Well Apple is launching a bunch of new products while I am writing this column, and I am a little excited about it. Coupled with the Twitterverse and Internet going nuts about a possible Buffalo Bills sale happening within hours, it sure beats a slow news day.

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