Privately, local officials worried the Remembrance Ceremony on the 11th Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks would draw a lukewarm turnout after the 10th anniversary last year. They were wrong.
Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson led a line-up of speakers from state and local government, Police and Fire Departments and Veterans groups, from Larchmont and the Village and Town of Mamaroneck, emphasizing the show of “community” as a crowd filled the area of Memorial Park around what is known as Girl Scout Rock.
Several police and firefighters recounted their roles as First Responders. “What would we do without them?” State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer remarked.
A group of local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts sang “America the Beautiful” with veteran Tony Marsella.
Remembering D-Day as a child, Mayor Anne McAndrews told the assembled Scouts, “to you Girl Scouts, this is your day. Take this day and remember it.”
Assemblyman George Latimer spoke of “three places in Pennsylvania,” Valley Forge, Gettyburg, and Shanksville, where people exhibited incredible courage “in service to their country.”
Wreaths were placed in honor of the twelve people from the area who died in the attacks on 9/11/01.
Top: Mayor McAndrews addressing Girl Scouts as seen through a memorial wreath