MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks were remembered in a solemn ceremony at Girl Scout Rock in Mamaroneck on Tuesday with numerous speeches from local dignitaries.
“It’s really nice,” said Cathy Bennett, a Larchmont and Mamaroneck Girl Scouts service unit manager who helped put the event together. “It seems to get bigger and bigger every year.”
With more than 100 people in the crowd listening during the 10th annual ceremony, each speaker offered a different take on the tragedy and its aftermath.
Many people were inspired to join the armed services and public safety departments in the weeks following 9/11, town of Mamaroneck Fire Chief Brendan Collins said. He also spoke of New York’s resiliency and how the best came out of people after the tragedy.
“This great state’s motto is ‘excelsior,’ meaning ‘ever upward,’ and that is the direction we should always be taking our lives in,” he said. “I feel we can achieve so much good in the name of the day that it wipes away the bad.”
Ambulance district administrator Mike Liverzani and several others focused on the outpouring of support displayed by the local residents.
“In the hours, days and weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attack, local residents displayed their sense of community by donating supplies to the rescue mission and providing comfort for the victims’ families,” said Liverzani.
A resounding point in each of the speeches was their commendations of the people who died on that day while trying to save others, those who later worked at Ground Zero, and the local men and women in public service.
“The memorable acts of heroism and compassion performed by so many on that fateful day, without regard to their own well-being, is a true testament to the greatness that lies within us all,” said village of Mamaroneck Sgt. Regan Kelly.
In an event filled with people from various public service departments, plus American Legion and VFW members, Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews spoke directly to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America in attendance. The Larchmont and Mamaroneck Girl Scout troops have helped put the event together since 2002.
“Take this day and remember it and thank God in your heart that we have the wonderful protective services that we do now and pray that we will in the future,” she said to the kids, some of whom were born after 9/11.
A reading of the 12 victims’ names from the area and a placing of wreaths concluded the ceremony, which Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson called appropriate.
“I would say we’re not over this yet and it’s really helpful for the community to come together and remember together – feel the sense of community – it helps us move forward,” she said.
The 12 victims of 9/11 from the Mamaroneck and Larchmont area are:
Douglas G. Karpiloff
Frank J. Koestner
John T. McErlean, Jr.
John F. Swaine
John A. Reo
J. Howard Boulton, Jr.
Edward H. Luckett
Christopher T. Orgielewicz
Maurice P. Kelly