Dozens of dignitaries, including Scarsdale Mayor Marc Samwick and Trustee Seth Ross, joined first responders and local clergy at Scarsdale Police Department headquarters on Post Road Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m. to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on Sept. 11, 2001, and to say thank you to those who serve and protect today.

After the color guard assembled, Scarsdale Chief of Police Andrew Matturro and Fire Chief James Seymour raised the American flag to half-staff. Seymour addressed the crowd and Scarsdale High School junior Emily Hansen, an aspiring opera singer, sang the national anthem and “Amazing Grace.”

The Rev. Kelly Rogers of Scarsdale Congregational Church and Rabbi Jonathan Blake of Westchester Reform Temple offered prayers as the crowd memorialized the nearly 3,000 people killed in terrorist attacks 18 years ago, and remembered the survivors and the thousands of others who have since died of illnesses linked to 9/11.

New York State enacted a law Monday requiring a moment of silence be observed in schools on 9/11 this year and every year going forward. A poignant aspect of this year’s observances was the fact that an entirely new generation of young people did not witness the events of that tragic day and, therefore, must be taught about the heroic acts and significance of the date as historic fact.

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