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Residents Will Remember, Reflect and Hope on 9/11

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – At 8:46 a.m. Sunday, the time the first plane hit the north tower of World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Bill Doescher of Scarsdale will be singing the “Requiem” with his church choir, while Scarsdale High School Senior Brian Hackel will recall the “unsettled feeling in my stomach” on that day even as he focuses on the strength of his country.

Ellen Silverstein, a mother of three children, will feel like she is “right back” to the day of the tragedy. And as he has for the past nine years, area resident Adam Inglis will bow his head in silence in remembrance of those who died and in honor of those who served tirelessly for months after at Ground Zero.

Residents young and old alike in Scarsdale said that the 10th anniversary of the attack that killed 2,997 people from 93 nations in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. will be a moment to remember, honor, hope, reflect and look to the future.

“It will be a sad and happy day, sorrow from remembrance and happiness from hope,” Doescher, who is planning to take a flight to Washington D.C. following his performance with the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church Choir, observed. “I feel it will be the safest day in D.C. and New York.”

“It’s a historic, tragic day in our country’s history, and I will bow my head in silence in memory of all those who died that day and to honor all those who helped the survivors and with the rescue, the police, firefighters and emergency medical services at Ground Zero,” Inglis noted.

The media focus and teachings at school have led Silverstein to discuss the events of 9/11 with her three daughters ranging from 6 to 11 years old, with the middle schooler asking the most questions, she said. They will be participating in the moment of silence scheduled at her daughter’s soccer game Sunday, she said.

“It’s hard not to remember at that moment,” Silverstein said. “Life goes on, but you don’t forget.”

Hackel, who was seven when the event occurred, recalled being informed by his elementary school principal along with other students and worrying about his father who then worked close to the World Trade Center.

“It left an unsettled feeling in my stomach,” Hackel recalled. “But I feel it’s a much bigger deal for people older than me.

“For me, the 10-year anniversary testifies to the strength of America, and that despite a bad economy, wars and political issues, we’re still the leading country in the world.”

Bob Fallor of Hartsdale, who was visiting the Scarsdale Public Library Saturday, noted, “After 10 years, we haven’t really healed, and we do remember.”

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