Sept. 11 ceremony cancelled, but tragedy never forgotten
September 14, 2023 at 12:35 a.m.
A plaque in memory of those who died at the World Trade Center 22 years ago during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks sits surrounded by flags at the Village of Port Chester’s designated memorial in Lyon Park. The annual ceremony remembering the attacks and lives lost was cancelled this year due to an intense storm.
(Sarah Wolpoff/Westmore News)
Communities across the United States took moments of reflection on Monday, Sept. 11, to recognize the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people and forever changed the nation.
An ill-timed storm swept through Port Chester in the hour before the Village’s annual remembrance ceremony was scheduled—bringing with it intense and frequent crashes of lightning, roars of thunder and downpours of rain. Roughly 20 minutes before the 6 p.m. event, the Village had issued statements about its cancellation.
“With an official ceremony, the Village of Port Chester continues to remember what transpired on September 11, 2001, today and every day,” officials posted on the village’s Facebook page. “We hold those we lost dear and remember each and every one of the victims’ names taken from us from New York to Washington, D.C., to Somerset County, PA.”
“We will never forget the first responders and civilians who gave their lives for others, who ran into danger and the unknown to save complete strangers,” the post continued. “And those survivors who have spent the years following these tragic events fighting their own fight against trauma and disease that continue to linger.”
Though the annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony was cancelled, a patriotic wreath was still laid at the memorial in Lyon Park.
By Sarah Wolpoff
Though there was no ceremony, a bright red, white and blue wreath was still laid at the 9/11 Memorial at Lyon Park—a mark that the Village, despite poor conditions, never forgets.