Local officials, alongside family members and first responders, united today to observe the twenty-second anniversary of the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks at various locations across Rockland County. The solemn commemoration unfolded with reverence and respect, paying tribute to the victims of that fateful day.
The morning’s poignant remembrance ceremony unfolded at Haverstraw Bay Park, where family members of Rockland County’s fallen heroes came forward to read the names of their loved ones who perished in the attacks. This solemn roll call was followed by a poignant tolling of the bell and a moment of silent prayer observed at 8:46 a.m., the time when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was struck. A second moment of silence occurred at 9:03 a.m., marking the moment of impact on the South Tower. Five additional bell tolls resonated throughout the gathering, each dedicated to one of the significant events of that tragic day: the Pentagon attack, the collapse of the South Tower, the crash of Flight 93 into Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the collapse of the North Tower, and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Throughout the day, Rockland County has planned a series of additional 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies, signifying the deep and enduring impact of the attacks. These ceremonies are scheduled to take place at various significant locations, including Spring Valley Village Hall, Town of Clarkstown Hall, Ramapo Town Hall, Memorial Park in the Village of Nyack, Stony Point Town Hall, Village Hall of Suffern, Pack’s Pond Park in the Village of West Haverstraw, and Tappan Green in the Town of Orangetown. Each of these ceremonies will serve as a poignant reminder of the resilience and unity displayed by the community in the face of adversity, ensuring that the memory of September 11, 2001, lives on in the hearts and minds of Rockland County residents.