9/11 is a day of remembrance for our fallen heroes and loved ones. Twelve years after this tragic event of September 11, 2001, the Village of Cedarhurst held its 12th annual memorial ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the memorial plaza in Andrew J. Parise Park, honoring those lost from our school district. Thomas Jurgens, Neil D. Levin, Kevin O’Rourke, Joseph Rivelli Jr., Bettina Browne Radburn, Ira Zaslow, and Howard Selwyn will never be forgotten in our community.
“We’re here today to remember, to pause, to reflect, and to never, ever forget those who we honor on our beautiful 9/11 memorial, as well as all victims, and first responders, firefighters, and police and court officers. It is our small way of honoring and cherishing their memory,” said Mayor Andrew J. Parise in his opening speech. Religious leaders of various faiths and elected officials attended the ceremony as well to relay words of wisdom, healing, and prayer to our great community and to those fallen heroes and loved ones.
Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the board of trustees would like to thank the chaplains of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst fire department, Rev. Msgr. Paul F. Rahilly of St. Joachim’s RC Church, Rabbi Kenneth Hain of Temple Beth Sholom, LHS vocal ensemble Pam Gallopini, Arnel Apura, Shelby Applebaum, Gizzel George, Patricia Magliaro, Alexandra Spinelli, and the fire departments of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Inwood, and Woodmere. Their presence brought dignity, grace, and honor to a day that will be etched in our hearts forever. v