Supervisor Anthony S. Colavita conducted the Town of Eastchester’s 12th Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in the Lobby of Town Hall.
In attendance were residents, elected officials, community leaders, veterans, local clergy, Town employees and members of the Fire and Police departments as well as EVAC. Reverend Carl Maiello, Chaplain of the Eastchester Police and Fire Departments, gave the invocation to begin the service. Senator George Latimer spoke words of reflection and encouragement. Supervisor Colavita reflected on the events of that day. “Today is a day of Remembrance. We remember the images and sounds of that day which have been forever seared in our minds. We remember that morning 12 years ago this day, this country was attacked and lay devastated and at it’s weakest. But by the end of that day, this nation was at its finest!” At 8:46am, a moment of silence occurred and taps was played by Veteran Commander Joe Mammana. The indoor service concluded with a prayer from Vicar Morris Mayer of the Village Lutheran Church. The crowd then moved to the Rotary Club’s September 11th Memorial Clock on the grounds of Town Hall. Reverend Michael Gerald of the Shiloh Baptist Church led the crowd with a prayer and a moment of silence at 9:03am – the time the second plane hit the World Trade Center.
The Town of Eastchester has illuminated 9 candles, one for each of our lost residents: Ronald Bucca, Mary Caufield, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Michael McHugh, Dennis Moroney, Diana O’Connor, Edward Ryan, Thomas Shubert and Jeffrey Walz.
The candles will remain illuminated for 9 days on the mantle in the Town Hall lobby with a September 11th painting (painted by resident Dr. DiRusso) displayed above it.