MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – More than a decade ago, several Mount Vernon emergency responders and civil servants lost their lives assisting at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
On Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the attacks, the city will hold a pair of events to celebrate the memories of the five Mount Vernon residents – Michael Boccardi, Jonathan Eric Briley, Sandra Patricia Campbell, Kathie Marie McCloskey and Rochelle Monique Snell – who were among 2,996 people to lose their lives that day.
Beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall, there will be a service of prayer and reflection for the first responders, victims and the public.
“We came together as a community and a nation,” Mayor Ernest Davis said of the day. “The attack triggered camaraderie between us to combat those forces that threaten our lives and liberties. We know from this experience of the unpredictability and devastating consequences terrorism has left on our own soil.”
In commemoration of the day, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester will also hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Made in America” shop that will open on Mount Vernon Avenue. This is part of a larger Habitat for Humanity program, which will see the organization purchasing several condemned and foreclosed houses and revitalizing them near Mount Vernon and Yonkers avenues and First Street.
Volunteer work from local veterans has been crucial in getting the store opened up in a timely fashion, according to Jim Killoran, the executive director of the organization.
“We wanted to dedicate this in honor of those who have lost their lives and those veterans that are learning to build and getting hired here,” he said.
Davis added that, while it is important to move forward from the tragedy, it is imperative to remember the event each year.
“While the events 12 years ago will forever remain etched in our memories, we are moving forward, aware that the tragic circumstances should never happen again,” he added. “I encourage member of the community to stand with me and other elected officials in memory of the lives lost and in tribute of the brave men and women who stepped forward.”
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