YORKTOWN, N.Y. The lyrics of Amazing Grace reverberated within the gazebo of Shrub Oak Memorial Plaza, and the circle of Yorktown residents who formed around it.
For all of us, September 11, 2001 is a defining moment in our lives, said Supervisor Susan Siegel. Our nation suffered unthinkable destruction and heartache and each of us in our own way will continue to share the pain from that day. But we are a strong nation, a resilient nation, and a nation that cherishes its freedom and liberties.
Outside the gazebo, which houses the names of Yorktown residents who perished in the attacks, Siegel led the commemoration service that took place at 2 p.m. Sunday, along with the Yorktown Leos who spoke of their 9/11 fundraising effort and other members of the town board. Yorktown High School Class of 2007 graduate Kathleen Curran sang Amazing Grace at the beginning of the ceremony, and finished with America the Beautiful, with the combined efforts of some of the attendants of the service.
Father Joseph Bisignano from St. Patricks Church led the invocation, and Pastor Paul Johnsen from St. Andrews Lutheran Church led the benediction.
With the presence of the Leos, Siegel spoke of the need to look at 9/11 as a day to honor those who perished, and to serve others.
While we must always remember 9/11, I sincerely hope and pray that as a nation and as Yorktowners we will also remember our commitment to peace and harmony throughout the world, she said.
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