Remembering the fallen in Carmel ceremony, more than 1,000 gather
Putnam's candlelight vigil remembers the fallen heroes
By Eric Gross
On the 10th anniversary of the day that turned America upside down and changed life across the world forever, the Stephen Driscoll Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) -- itself named in memory of one of Putnam's eight heroes who perished when hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center -- hosted its annual Candlelight ceremony at the 9/11 Monument.
Putnam's heroes lost on that fateful morning include Christopher Blackwell of Putnam Lake, Daniel Harlin of Kent, Robert Minera of Carmel, Thomas Kuveikis of Kent and George Cain of Patterson—all members of the FDNY; Stephen Driscoll of Lake Carmel—a member of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit; David Fodor of Garrison—a tax accountant, and George Paris of Carmel, an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald.
U.S. Army Colonel John Hussey welcomed the family members, telling the large audience: "The legacy of our loved ones must result in all of us living our lives in a better way. Our target audience is the young because people our age are two-thirds through the dance. We have to protect our young. I want you to hold your head up high whenever lighting a memory candle. Let the enemy know when they attacked we answered the call and stood up for our nation and defeated them. This is the will of the American people—the greatest country on earth will never be defeated."
Paul Minara described the 10th anniversary as "very difficult. It brought me back to the beginning after a decade of healing. The deaths of our loved ones resemble a scar. It heals, aches, but it's always there."
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth praised the county for "triumphing over loss. We have shown unyielding strength and character for demonstrating individual loss by the dedicated service of our loved ones."
Pastors from area churches blessed the monument as the 89th Army Band under the direction of Major General Foley performed several patriotic songs.
Earlier story, from Mahopac observance:
Firefighters and police remember 9/11
Members of the Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Carmel, Brewster, Somers and Vista Fire Departments participated along with the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, State Police, Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the Carmel Police Department.
When the emergency personnel arrived at the church they were greeted by more than 500 parishioners who were led in worship by Rev. Dennis Williams and Deacon John Scarfi of St. John's. Other clergymen participating in the special service were Rabbi Eytah Hammerman of Temple Beth Shalom, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson of the Church of the Holy Communion, The Rev. Kenneth Mast of the First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac Falls and the Rev. Willet Porter of the Lake Mahopac Methodist Church.
Events around the region:
9/11 Ceremonies and reflections
8:46 am and all morning Sunday - The Great Bell at St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring will be tolled once for each of the 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks beginning at 8:46 am. Both parishioners and members of the community are invited to participate in the tolling of the bell during the memorial, which is estimated to conclude at 12:55 p.m.
10 am - The Village of Cold Spring will observe a moment of silence for reflection, remembrance and prayer at the 9/11 Memorial Garden located at McConville Park on Morris Avenue.
12:30 pm - A special service to remember Putnam’s eight heroes will take place at 12:30 pm at St. John’s Church in Mahopac. Members of emergency services agencies including police, fire and EMS are invited.
3 pm - The West Point Chapel will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the chapel’s pipe organ Sunday with a recital of organ masterpieces at 3 pm.
3-7 pm - An independent fundraiser hosted by Adam Shep is scheduled for Sunday at the Putnam National Golf Club in Mahopac Falls from 3-7 pm.
3 to 5 pm - The Garrison Institute will mark the 10th anniversary of September 11th with a showing of the documentary “Rebirth” as well as a discussion and book signing by Dr. Robin Stern, co-author of the companion book Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors. The film screening is planned for 3 pm and the book signing at 5 pm.
4 pm - The Sunset Reading Series has planned a special series of readings at 4 pm at the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration in Cold Spring. Writers from Garrison, Cold Spring and Beacon will participate.
5:30 pm - A special Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 at St. James Church in Carmel.
6:30 pm - More than 1,000 people are expected to gather in downtown Carmel for a ceremony at the 9/11Memorial located at the Cornerstone Park on Fair Street at Gleneida Avenue. Arrive early as adjacent streets are to be closed.