More than 100 people attended Port Chester’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Lyon Park to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks 12 years ago and to honor the heroes who saved lives that day.
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The Port Chester Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance; Mayor Neil Pagano gave a short speech; Rev. Hilario Albert of St. Peter’s Church and Pastor Jim O’Hanlon of St. Paul’s Church said prayers; and Gabriella Buccieri lead the Port Chester Girl Scouts in singing “God Bless America” at the closing of the ceremony.
Joe Sabia of the American Legion performed taps after a 21 gun salute and Port Chester Fire and Police Department members laid a ceremonial wreath near 9/11 memorial at the end of the ceremony.
Read Mayor Pagano's remarks here:
As we think back on the events of 9/11 – 12 years ago- our sorrow over the loss of so many good people should be tempered by the example shown by so many who died, and so many who lived. They taught us through their actions that day what it means to be human. They showed us the immutable value of duty, loyalty, self-sacrifice and love. The only way we will triumph over terrorism, and conquer the senseless tragedy of that horrible day, is by celebrating the kindness of the human spirit. Today, was we remember those lost, I ask you to join me in faith that the good will not only endure, they will prevail.
The names of the 2,982 people who died on 9/11 and in the failed 1992 attempt to destroy the Twin Towers are etched on the bronze panels that edge the 9/11 memorial pools at ground zero. The closing sentence of the Memorial’s mission statement reads:
“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom and inspire and end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.”
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