10 years

I heard so many people say in recent days that they did not want to read or hear anything else about 9/11.

It’s understandable. The media saturation point was reached days before the actual anniversary, it seemed.

And yet, so much of what took place Sunday was truly moving.

I didn’t work yesterday, but I went with my wife and kids to Westchester County’s anniversary program at the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. It took place under “The Rising” memorial.

I’ve been to the Dam many times, especially when my boys were of “playground age.” So it was kind of eerie to hear the quiet when we arrived, even 20 minutes or so before the ceremony.

You could hear individual crickets in the trees despite hundreds of people waiting.

The ceremony was just right. Not too long. Respectful. Focused on the 123 county residents who were lost.

Several relatives of the victims, including a few young kids who were babies on 9/11, read the names of the victims. At that point, I think, the whole 9/11 commotion finally made sense to my kids.

Rob Astorino and Ken Jenkins offered tasteful and insightful comments on the day. There was some talk of the evil that we witnessed on 9/11 and, really, who could disagree.

The Rev. Adolphus Lacy, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Peekskill, said a prayer. We all held hands and sang Amazing Grace. Then we went home to think some more about something we haven’t been able to get off of our minds for ten solid years.