9/11 Tribute Continues to Draw Community Together in Hope

by Judy Silberstein

(September 11, 2007) Intermittent pouring rain on Tuesday, September 11 did not prevent Larchmont and Mamaroneck from paying tribute to those lost six years ago in the attack at the World Trade Towers. Over 150 residents, scouts, firefighters, police officers and other first responders huddled under the Murray Avenue bridge for a ceremony led by Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe.

The assembly heard from municipal and religious leaders from the Town of Mamaroneck and the Villages of Mamaroneck and Larchmont along with US Congresswoman Nita Lowey, NY Assemblyman George Latimer and Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers. As the rain paused, the group moved to Station Park to lay flowers at “Girl Scout Rock,” where there is a plaque the scouts installed in 2001 as a permanent memorial to the 12 local residents lost in the attack.

The twelve local residents were among those mourned this week in national and local tributes were 12 from the Larchmont/Mamaroneck area. Their names were read aloud as part of the local ceremony.

The twin themes of the event were “together” and “hope” – how the community came together six years ago in the face of tragedy, and how it is continuing to assemble each year to remember the past and look forward with hope.

“We remember that we nourish our own hope,” said Monsignor Thomas Kelly, of Larchmont’s St. Augustine church. Addressing the children in the crowd, Congresswoman Lowey pledged, “We are going to continue to work together to make this a safer world.” Mayor Liz Feld thanked the Girl Scouts for creating “a physical place and an emotional place to come together.” County Legislator Myers’ hope was that “we would always take a few minutes out of our day to come together” on September 11. Assemblyman Latimer read from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, first delivered at another event, in which people gathered to honor the dead and look forward in hope.

The cement vault under the broad Murray Avenue bridge offered both shelter and unexpectedly fine acoustics. Solemn a capella renditions of "Taps" and "Amazing Grace" by VFW Post #1156 Commander Tony Marsella, rang through the tunnel. Also echoing through the vault was the call of a shofar, a ram’s horn, sounded by Rabbi Mendel Silberstein to signal a hopeful new beginning.


Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Mamaroneck Village Mayor Phil Trifiletti look on as Rabbi Mendel Silberstein blows the shofar.