, Cindy McGinty and Foxboro Never Forgets founder Chris Mitchell asked the crowd in attendance to remember those who died during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 by doing a good deed for somebody in the name of a victim.
“I think it is really important to do something in [a victim’s name] and if you don’t [know a name], do it in Mike’s name and help keep that day alive … help keep what happened in the immediate minutes after those terrible things on 9/11 that America really did come together,” said McGinty, a former Foxborough resident.
Cindy McGinty’s husband, Mike, was killed during the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was a Foxborough resident at the time and just 42 years old. He is survived by Cindy and two children.
Cindy McGinty, with the help of Mitchell and the Foxboro Never Forgets organization, have held McGinty Family Fun Day on Foxboro Common for years right around Sept. 11 to remember Michael McGinty and raise funds for two scholarships to be given in Michael’s name to college-bound students.
Cindy McGinty recalled the story of how Mitchell and her became friends during her remarks at last year’s dedication.
"[After 9/11, I remember looking out my window and saw this guy mowing my grass. I went outside to talk to Chris and offered to pay, and he said, 'don't worry this is what I do' and for 8 years he did that.]"
McGinty also spoke about the unbreakable American spirit.
"The terrorists thought they were going to destroy us but what they really did was made us stronger," said McGinty. "We cannot forget that feeling because that is who we are. The memorial is here to help us remember to help each other."
As for the 9/11 memorial located outside of the Foxborough Public Safety building, Mitchell says it was designed to honor the "past and educate the future."
"What I would like to educate the future on about this tragic day in history, are the days following September 11, 2001," said Mitchell at last year’s memorial dedication. "How this country came together as a nation and vowed to rebuild."
Cindy McGinty thanked the community for coming together and helping her stand during her darkest days following Sept. 11 and said while the focus today is on doing a good deed to remember the victims of 9/11 … volunteerism should not stop after Tuesday.
“Do a good deed for somebody, not just on 9/11, but every day,” said she said.