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Bronxville School Remembers Victims and Heroes of 9/11

On the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, members of the Bronxville High School senior class, administrators and faculty members gathered on the school’s front lawn to pay their respects to the victims and heroes who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

The memorial ceremony featured student reflections, a poetry reading and performances by the high school chorus as the school honored the thousands of people who lost their lives during the attacks and the hundreds of first responders who died as a result of their rescue efforts. Honorary guests of the ceremony included members of the Bronxville fire and police departments, and retired New York City Fire Department Battalion Chief Eugene Carty, who was a first responder on 9/11.

“It is important that we are here today memorializing the events that happened 16 years ago,” said social studies teacher Chris Doyle, who remembered two close friends he lost in the attacks. “We cannot forget. The tradition of remembering these tragedies needs to continue as a way to show respect for the victims.”

The tribute included a performance of “900 Miles” by the chorus, led by choral director Pamela Simpson, as well as a poetry reading by Katie Gordon, reflections by Kiki Shinsato, Ava Austi and Senior Class Presidents Caroline Kirby and Andrew Cargill. They reflected on the anniversary and their visit to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where students saw artifacts recovered from the rubble that day, heard the voices of those who were trapped in the buildings and learned the timeline of events.

“We will be one of the last generations to have been alive during Sept. 11, 2001,” Kirby said. “It is our responsibility to ensure that the future knows of the incredible loss that was felt on that day but also the remarkable reaction. The United States immediately came together to support one another through the calamity.”

Cargill added that 9/11 is a day that has forever changed the world, and the solemn ceremony is a way to honor the memory of the thousands of people who died that day.  

“Sept. 11 will always be a part of our identity as Americans,” he said. “It stands as a symbol for our resilience, our patriotism and our protection of freedom.”

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