VALHALLA, N.Y. - Westchester County paid tribute to those impacted by the September 11, 2001 attacks with a memorial service Sunday evening at the foot of Kensico Dam, site of the 9/11 memorial "The Rising."
An estimated 500 family members and residents attended the ceremony. One-hundred-and-eleven Westchester residents, and 12 former residents, were lost in the attacks.
“The lives we lost on September 11, 2001 touched us, shaped us, and contributed to who we are today;" Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino told the crowd. "And we come to remember 15 years later, because we can never stop saying thank you for being part of our lives.
`"September 11th didn’t break us," he added. "To the contrary, it has given us a path to build a future, one day at a time, one step at a time, where we are smart enough to accept change, yet strong enough to never give up the principles that define our goodness as human beings.”
Astorino also made special mention of the coming of age of a generation of 9/11 sons and daughters. Specifically he cited Caitlyn and Mary Michael Lyons, daughters of Elaine and Michael Lyons, who was a New York City firefighter; and Ryan and Ethan Zeplin, sons of Debra and Marc Scott Zeplin, who was an equities trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, located on the 104th floor of the North Tower.
Astorino said the four young adults “give us confidence that whatever our challenges, our future remains an optimistic one.”
In addition to Astorino, Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman, County Board of Legislators, offered remarks, Scarsdale High School 's choir and orchestra performed, and NYS Congresswoman Nita Lowey led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Watch the video to get a taste of the event, and to see Daily Voice talk to Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett about the memorial service.