PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A crowd gathered Sunday afternoon in Lyon Park as an American flag flew at half-mast under the slate gray dome of the sky.
They came to observe the passing of 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.
"Let us never forget those who were lost," said Mayor Dennis Pilla, addressing the crowd. "But also the spirit that comes from within us when our back is to the wall."
Port Chester's Sept. 11 memorial is a simple plaque embedded in a stone below a flagpole. The plaque reads: "America will never forget. In memory of those who lost their loves at the World Trade Center."
The day was a tribute to the lives lost on that day, but it was also about coming together as a community in mutual support.
Members of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths spoke to the crowd, offering their words of reflection.
"Help us against those who stand against faith," said Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan, a Muslim and plastic surgeon, who stood at ground zero amidst the chaotic aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, treating men, women and children of all faiths and beliefs.
A wreath was laid down in front of the memorial by members of the police and fire departments and EMS services of Port Chester and Rye Brook as a troop of girl scouts sang "America the Beautiful."
Mayor Pilla announced that a memorial tree had been planted and that the names of the victims were to be buried in a box at the roots of the tree.
Members of the American Legion Post 93 performed a rifle salute, followed by the playing of Taps.
The ceremony concluded with the crowd gathering hands and singing "God Bless America."
"It is time that we find a way to move forward," Rabbi Jaymee Alpert had said earlier to the crowd. "Not in fear, but in hope."
How did you spend the day on the 10th anniversary of 9/11?
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