Rockland County Executive Ed Day joined family members and residents to remember the people of Rockland County who were killed 16 years ago in the Sept. 11 terror attack.
“We are here because we are fulfilling the promise we made that we will never forget what happened on Sept. 11 2001,” the County Executive said at a ceremony in Haverstraw Bay County Park. “We will never forget both the terror and the heroism, the fear and the courage, the unity that brought our nation together when we needed it the most.”
The ceremony is held every year at the site of the Rockland County Sept. 11 memorial, which lists the names of 81 people with ties to Rockland who were killed on Sept. 11 as well Robert Kirkpatrick of Suffern, who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Family members read the list of names. U.S. Marine Corporal Megan Leavey of Valley Cottage participated in the ceremony.
“We suffered immeasurable losses but those terrorists did not succeed in breaking our spirit or our will or our freedom,” the County Executive said. “We miss our loved ones, our neighbors who never came home that day. We honor their legacy and the family and friends left to grieve.”
A bell was tolled and a moment of silence observed at 8:46 a.m., in remembrance of the attack on the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and again at 9:03 a.m. in memory of the attack on the South Tower. Four more bells sounded toward the end of the ceremony in remembrance of the attack on the Pentagon, the collapse of the South Tower, the crash of Flight 93 into Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the collapse of the North Tower.
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