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Pelham Commemorates Sept. 11 with Special Ceremony

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Pelham community commemorated the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 with a ceremony Saturday morning at the memorial on Harmon Avenue. Nancy Shea, the wife of one of the victims of the terrorist attacks, spoke on behalf of the families of the ten local victims.

Shea praised the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor for their support in the days and years after Sept. 11.

"There is at least one place where a greater and better humanity truly exists," Shea said in her speech in reference to the inscription on the granite wall at the memorial.

The ceremony featured several tributes to the victims. Reverend J. Randolph Alexander from The Parish of Christ the Redeemer read the names of the ten victims to the gathered crowd. A member of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed a rose on the stones inscribed with the person's name and saluted.

The choir sang "Sure on This Shining Night" as the crowd silently listened. The sounds of sobbing filled the air throughout the ceremony.

But the tears and sadness turned to happy chatter among friends and neighbors after the ceremony ended and the crowd trickled into the Pelham Town House for refreshments.

Lifetime Pelham resident Paul Pallett, who is friends with the families of four of the victims, said the turnout for the ceremony was the biggest he has ever seen at an event in Pelham. Pallett, who has lived in Pelham for 65 years, admired the spirit of the community a decade after the tragedy.

"I thought (the ceremony) was absolutely fantastic," Pallett said. "We got to see everybody from Pelham still sticking together."

Did you attend the ceremony? What did you think of it? What are your thoughts about the tragedy ten years later? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

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