It is very hard to believe that this coming Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Vivid memories make that awful day seem much more recent. And even after a decade of reflection, the full impact of 9/11 — the horrible loss of life, the war on terror, the changes in national policy, the reshaping of New York — remains difficult to grasp.

Here in New Rochelle, 9/11 will be observed with a candlelight ceremony at 8:00pm Sunday in front of City Hall. (In case of bad weather, the program will be moved inside to the main council chamber.) The event is being organized in partnership with our Police and Fire Departments and with the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association.

This will be an opportunity to gather together as a community in a spirit of common purpose, and in support of those who lost loved ones ten years ago. I hope that you will join us.

In addition, two days earlier, on Friday, September 9th at 6:00pm, volunteers will place 2,976 flags on the City Hall lawn, one for each life lost. You are invited to participate in this activity, too.