Baldwinsville (WSYR-TV) -- It’s been 11 years since the terror attacks, and as buildings have been rebuilt where the Twin Towers once stood, and the scars begin to fade, so do the memories. But one Baldwinsville man is making it his mission to make sure no one ever forgets what happened on that fateful day.
At the entrance of the Village Green, 21-year-old Chris Betts stood on a rock all morning long, holding an American flag and a sign that asked: “Have you forgotten?”
If you drove by on Tuesday, you certainly didn’t and that was the point.
“It gives me a good feeling, you know, people actually appreciate it,” Betts told NewsChannel 9.
Each year, for the past four years, Betts has returned to that rock on September 11.
“I think what he’s doing is great. He’s obviously one of the ones that hasn’t forgotten and I there are a lot more of them,” said onlooker, James Mead.
Betts lived in California and was 10 years old on 9/11. He remembers watching the news that morning.
“I called my foster mom and I said, ‘Mom, look! You know they got a new movie coming out. Look at the commercial,’ and she ran in and dropped her cup of coffee and she’s like, ‘That’s not a new movie, that’s actually happening,’” Betts said.
Five years later, he would begin the tradition, taking it with him to Central New York after he moved.
Betts says he hopes to continue the tradition for years to come and hopes other people – wherever they live – will do the same.