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9/11 Memorial Draws Younger Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts

Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts sing "God Bless America" at the 13th annual 9/11 memorial at Memorial Park.
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts sing "God Bless America" at the 13th annual 9/11 memorial at Memorial Park. Video Credit: Brian Donnelly
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts lead the audience in singing "God Bless America."
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts lead the audience in singing "God Bless America." Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts place one of three wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial.
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts place one of three wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Firefighters place one of three wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial.
Firefighters place one of three wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Firefighters salute the wreaths in front of Girl Scout Rock Memorial.
Firefighters salute the wreaths in front of Girl Scout Rock Memorial. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Police salute the wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial.
Police salute the wreaths in front of the Girl Scout Rock Memorial. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The Girl Scout Rock Memorial was installed in 2002 and bears the names of first responders and those lost on 9/11.
The Girl Scout Rock Memorial was installed in 2002 and bears the names of first responders and those lost on 9/11. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The Rev. Bill Crawford, left, and Bob Meglio at the 13th annual 9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park.
The Rev. Bill Crawford, left, and Bob Meglio at the 13th annual 9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
A local rabbi delivers the benediction at the 13th annual 9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park.
A local rabbi delivers the benediction at the 13th annual 9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Erik Brandstadter, left, vice commander of Larchmont VFW Post 347, and Burt Corwin, commander of VFW Post 1156.
Erik Brandstadter, left, vice commander of Larchmont VFW Post 347, and Burt Corwin, commander of VFW Post 1156. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts have played a large role in the community’s annual tri-municipal 9/11 ceremony, which Pat Allen hopes to continue with a new generation.

Fewer and fewer current Girl Scouts were alive on Sept. 11, 2001, which makes it hard for them to know how to relate, according to Allen, the service unit manager for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts.

“It shifts from a current event to history,” she said.

A group of six young Girl Scouts attended the 9/11 ceremony Thursday marking 13 years since the terrorist attack that claimed nearly 3,000 lives, including 12 from Mamaroneck and Larchmont. The Girl Scouts sang “God Bless America” in front of what is known as Girl Scout Rock.

The memorial was dedicated by the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts in 2002 and holds two plaques honoring the first responders and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. One of the 12 members of the Larchmont and Mamaroneck community who lost their lives that day was the father of a Girl Scout.

In 2011, a group of Girl Scouts who grew up together added a bench to the memorial, which the town matched to make two benches, so people can sit and reflect.

“It’s great that so many people still turn out,” Allen said. “I wish we had more Girl Scouts. But, it’s early in the school year, and a lot of Girl Scout troops aren’t even meeting yet.”

Larchmont resident Bob Meglio was happy to attend the ceremony.

“Whether or not it’s short, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s a place for us to spend a moment with neighbors, friends and family.”

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