WPCNR MILESTONES. By John F. Bailey. September 11, 2017:
The City of White Plains held its annual remembrance today of the World Trade Center loss and those who died in that attack sixteen years ago this morning.
In a moving ceremony featuring poetry, a stirring Star Spangled Banner performance by Joseph Mosely, and a touching thought by Mayor Thomas Roach, the city remembered Sharon Balkom, Marisa Dinardo, Hemanth Kumar Puttur, Joseph Riverso, Gregory Rodriguez and Linda Sheehan, six city residents who died in the 9/11 attack.
Mayor Thomas Roach (above) remembered it was a day just like this morning, clear, crisp, beautiful when the attack came.
He said there was no way we could make up or get over the loss of the six White Plains citizens and thousands of others who died, but that we should all remember each of the 9/11 dead had perhaps a child, a parent, loved ones who depended on them.
The Mayor said “We have the commitment to comfort that child, help the family of that person” to in no way replace the person lost, but “to help someone who needs help, not moving on, but moving forward.” It was a positive message to deal with the remembrance of loss and the lifelong process of building despite the loss.
Poems were read by a White Plains Police Officer, and a White Plains fireman, conveying the way “we all became one” on that day, today, 16 years ago.
Wreathes were laid by members of the Common Council on the marble slab engraved with the names of the White Plains dead. Mr. Mosley closed the ceremony with a goose-bumping, exhilarating performance of God Bless America, his voice ringing out across Silver Lake and rising to the Heavens.