POUND RIDGE, N.Y. More than 100 town officials and residents turned out at Sachs Park Sunday morning to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
We have come together this day from different faiths to ask for consolation for family and friends and celebrate their lives, said Monsignor George Thompson of the St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church. Let not the memories lead us to bitterness and revenge. Violence can disrupt both individuals and nations.
Ruth Mendes offered a prayer on behalf of the Pound Ridge Jewish Community and told the crowd, With resolute hearts, we reclaim this day.
Pastor Lori Miller of the Pound Ridge Community Church offered the reflection and told the audience that while it may be difficult to endure the daily reminders of the tragedy in the wake of the omnipresent press coverage, the heroes that emerged from that day can be used a reminder of the good that people can do.
Its been hard over the past week or so not to be drawn into the stories about 9/11, she said. In our remembering, we continue our grieving process and we honor courage in the face of terror. Its a powerful reminder that human beings have the capacity for great good. Those that show courage in the face of danger wear their vulnerability like a badge of honor and become examples to us. There is no vulnerability without risk. But without vulnerability there is no community.
Town Supervisor Gary Warshauer helped to dedicate the 9/11 monument that will be place in the park. The inscription reads: In memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
For the dedication, Warshauer read a traditional Marine memorial poem. He noted that in the wake of 9/11, the Town of Pound Ridge created its own office of emergency management.
They are represented here today by the fire department, ambulance corps and police department, he said.
The ceremony concluded with a three-gun salute by the Pound Ridge Fire Department, Taps, played on the trumpet by Recreation Director Dave Goldberg, and the crowd singing America the Beautiful, led by Barbara Earle with Peter Malinverni on keyboards.
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