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Remembering September 11

MONTROSE — For Tom and Heather Burns, this has become a pilgrimage of sorts every year on 9/11. A trip from nearby Binghamton, New York to this 9/11 memorial near Montrose.

This year the Burnses brought their friends, who were overcome seeing this spot on this day.

“I’m almost at a loss for words how special it means to me that this is here. Hopefully as time goes by more people will find out about it and come here on this special day,” said
Marsha Malinich, of Binghamton, NY.

“I’m totally in awe of what has been done here, as my neighbor said this is the best kept secret going and i wish more people were aware of it,” said Frank Malinich, also of Binghamton. 

The memorial is in memory of Dan Crisman. He grew up in the Montrose area of Susquehanna County.

His mom built this expansive tribute to him and all victims of 9/11.

She was preparing for an evening ceremony.  All while remembering her son, the 25-year-old who had only worked in the world trade center for five days when he was killed there.

“It’s your only child and it’s your son and what happened to the country that day as a whole,” said Debbie Crisman,

Now all these years later, Debbie Crisman helps others cope with their memories of 9/11, with this memorial.

“I think you always have big dreams, but you don’t know how to get there sometimes.  It takes a while to reach your dreams but you want to make sure you do it respectful and tastefully,” said Crisman.

At 6:00 p.m. every September 11, there’s a ceremony to remember what happened that day.  But this place is here for everyday, for people to stop by, to reflect and not forget.

“Actually I come here two or three times a year, but I always come here on 9/11, my wife heather and I,” said Tom Burns, of Binghamton, NY.

“You just kind of meditate and be quiet and it’s just a neat quite place in the middle of nowhere, actually,” said Heather Burns, also of Binghamton.

It’s far from New York, Washington and Shanksville, but a symbol of the many communities hit hard by 9/11.