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Pelham, Did You Know...?

PELHAM, N.Y. – The town of Pelham designed the Sept. 11 memorial on Harmon Avenue with specific aesthetic features to honor those Pelham residents who passed away in the terrorist attacks.

The oval at the center of the memorial represents the circle of life, according to a release from the Town of Pelham. The one Dogwood tree inside the oval is meant as a symbolic memorial.

The three winding walkways that lead to the oval represent the various ways in which people deal with the pain of loss. The light at the memorial shows that those who died are not in darkness.

Each of the nine trees at the memorial represents one of the 10 deceased Pelham residents. One of the trees splits into two large trunks to memorialize the two men who were brothers.

The families of the victims chose the quotation on the granite wall at the back of the memorial. The quote from Charles de Gaulle reads, "It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge."

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