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Scarsdale Kids Take Part in 9/11 Memorial

SCARSDALE, N.Y. –  On the 10th anniversary of an event she has only heard of, Victoria Capobianco, 9, of Scarsdale stood outside Fire Station 3 on Crossway Road saluting the American flag alongside her 8-year-old brother, Christian, in memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I feel that I want to remember the people who died that day, even though I wasn’t born yet,” Capobianco said. “I feel this is the place I want to be today.”

Her father, Garett Capobianco, is a veteran village firefighter.  He and about 75 other veteran and volunteer firefighters, policemen, emergency medical responders, village and town officials and their families gathered at the fire station Sunday morning for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the 2,997 people from 93 nations who were killed in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. that day.

Firefighters raised the American Flag high atop Ladder Truck 29 and rang a fire truck bell in memory of the 343 fire fighters who died in the line of duty. A color guard representing the village, police, fire and emergency medical services led the salute even as Scarsdale High School student Rachel Halperin sang the national anthem under clear blue morning skies similar to those 10 years ago.

“I haven’t really understood it, but I can imagine what it felt like on that day,” said Ellie Bezos, 11, who along with her sister Mia, 10, attended to support her father, Mark, who is a volunteer firefighter with the Scarsdale Fire Department.

Mark Bezos, who works for a philanthropic organization, said he was motivated to volunteer after moving to Scarsdale from New York City post-Sept. 11 after witnessing the event first hand.

“It is a very tangible way to give back,” he said. “There is an overwhelming sadness when I think of that morning, but overall, I remain hopeful for our country, the world, and humanity.”

Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser said she attended to represent all the people of the community. “We’re here to honor the unity among people, those who were victims on 9/11 and those who chose to risk their lives for the citizens of this country,” she added.

“We must not ever forget, but look to the future and hope it never happens again,” said Nora Marino, a stay home mom, veteran volunteer firefighter and daughter of a former FDNY firefighter.

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