A New Stone Commemorates Local Lives Lost on 9-11
by Judy Silberstein
Uniformed services prepare for
laying of a wreath at the "Girl Scout Rock": police,
firefighters, and ambulance corps members follow the
Girl Scout honor
|(September 11, 2004) A plaque, a stone, a list, a poem -
and people gathered to remember those lost three years
ago in the attack on the World Trade Center. That's how
Larchmont and Mamaroneck officials, police, firefighters,
scouts, families and friends commemorated the events on
Saturday morning at Memorial Park in the Town of Mamaroneck.
The group assembled
first for a brief ceremony at what's come to be known as "Girl Scout Rock" in
the little garden
train station parking lot, where scouts have placed a memorial
plaque. The most solemn moment was a recitation by Town Supervisor
Valerie O'Keeffe of names of local residents
who died at the twin
towers three years
- Helen Belilovsky
- John Howard Boulton
- Douglas G. Karpiloff
- Frank J. Koestner
- Maurice Patrick Kelly
- Helen Crossin-Kittle
- Patricia Helen Kittle
- Edward H. Luckett II
- John Thomas McErlean Jr.
- Christopher Orgielewicz
- John Reo
- John F. Swaine
The assembly then reconvened across the street
for the unveiling of a
commemorative tree planted last year by FIND (Friends
in Need), the Larchmont-based organization formed to help
the local families impacted by the disaster.
11, 2001 it's not just a date, it's a part of
Meglio, one of the founders of FIND, told
the gathering. Other speakers echoed his words.
"We remember, we bear witness across Judaism, across Christianity,
across even Islam and Hinduism, we remember.. so those who
have fallen are not lost," said Reverend Bill Crawford of
Larchmont Avenue Church.
It was a quiet day at the twin
towers --- until
Two planes crashed into the twin
It was a terrorist attack
--- Bin Laden's men.
And we honor the firemen --- and
the people who helped.
by Carolyn Koestner,
age 8, recited on 9-11-04 at Memorial Park
And how do we remember? We mark with a stone,
and say a prayer that has no mention of death, but only an
appreciation for life, said Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman of Larchmont
Temple explaining the Jewish custom.
And so, Carolyn Koestner
and Eugene Belilovsky, who each lost a parent on 9/11,
helped unveil the stone marker under the dogwood
has taken root since last year at edge of the field.
9-11-2004: Memorial Park