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.
I’m on vacation for two weeks after today.
Will be back around around Aug. 23.
Just returned from a press conference beneath Westchester County’s 9/11 memorial at the Kensico Dam.
Two people who lost loved ones on 9/11 came out to oppose — you guessed it — the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.
They were very emotional, as you might expect.
Liam McLaughlin, the former Yonkers City Council member who is running for state Senate, organized the presser.
I’ll also have an article on LoHud/Journal News in a few days (maybe Tuesday) about how suburban Muslims are reacting to the big Ground Zero debate.
They fear that opposition to the center is kind of morphing into general anti-Islamism. The Upper Westchester Muslim Society, which is planning to build its own Islamic Center in Ossining, is getting antsy about whether all the downtown rhetoric might move north.
One thing that’s becoming clear is that the Cordoba Initiative, the group seeking to build the downtown center, is doing a poor job of PR. Their leaders need to be out there, explaining who they are, what they’ve done and what they hope to do. They also need to get their many Christian and Jewish friends (and they have many) to speak out.
Right now, most New Yorkers probably don’t know the Cordoba Initiative from any other Muslim group.
That’s not going to cut it, it seems.