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Rye Town and Villages Remember 9/11

911thumbBy 8 a.m., the sun had already risen well above the waters of Long Island Sound and a crowd had already gathered at the flagpole between the pavilions and in front of the two-towered administration building at Rye Town Park when the September 11 memorial ceremony began.


By Bill Lawyer

 

By 8 a.m., the sun had already risen well above the waters of Long Island Sound and a crowd had already gathered at the flagpole between the pavilions and in front of the two-towered administration building at Rye Town Park when the September 11 memorial ceremony began. It was a quiet, breezy Sunday morning – ten years later to the day.

 

911inside2Former Port Chester Mayor Gerald Logan acted as master of ceremonies. He was assisted by Howard Weiss, Commander of Port Chester American Legion Post 93.

 

The program began with a prayer by Rev. Gerald Washington of Bethesda Baptist Church. Town Supervisor Joe Carvin spoke about how the 9/11 attacks had affected him personally, and how important it was for all Americans to work together to preserve our country’s ideals.

 

A flag designed by Ron Sorensen, a member of Post 93, to honor those “Missing in the Attack On Our Nation (MIA-OON)”, was raised along with the American and MIA flags.

 

At the memorial service Lisa Palazzo and Mary Jane Haggerty, the wife and sister, respectively, of 9/11 victims, placed a memorial wreath by the plaque honoring veterans who gave their lives in service to their country.

 

The crowd stood tall during the three-gun salute by the Post 93 honor guard and the playing of Taps by Joe Bubbico. Everyone was given the opportunity to place an American flag around the flowerbed by the flagpole.

 

At 8:46 a.m. the ceremony was interrupted for a moment of silence in remembrance of when the first plane crashed into the north tower.


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