DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Police, firefighters, emergency responders and residents gathered Tuesday at the 9/11 Memorial at Waterfront Park in Dobbs Ferry to remember the lives lost in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago.
Every member of our community lost a sense of innocence that day, Mayor Hartley Connett said.
As the sun was setting over the Hudson River, Dobbs Ferry firefighters raised a large American flag on a ladder truck while several of their fellow members stood silently watching the flag. Village officials and former military members attended and spoke at the ceremony.
Connett addressed the crowd after local musician Joe Rooney performed the national anthem, and he stressed the importance of remembrance to the audience.
To remember is also a part of the process of rebuilding lives and buildings, Connett said.
Colonel Glenn Marchi of the New York Army National Guard presented Dobbs Ferry with a 9/11 Never Forget flag to rekindle the spirit of unity that followed the attacks, he said. Col. Marchi, who was a first responder on 9/11, told the audience the flag is designed to honor and remember those who passed away eleven years ago.
Col. Marchi explained the symbolism of the flag.
- The red background represents the loss of life.
- The Towers and Pentagon represent the buildings damaged or destroyed.
- The circle around the Pentagon represents unity.
- The stars represent the planes lost in each of the attacks.
The Twin Towers may be out of sight, but they will always be remembered, Col. Marchi said.
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