9/11 Commemoration at Graymoor
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. more than 200 people attended a candle light prayer service at the World Trade Center Memorial Cross in the St. Jude Pond and Prayer Garden located on the grounds of Graymoor. The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company hosted the gathering.
The Garrison Volunteer Fire Company provided the color guard during the ceremony, marking the tenth year since the attacks. James Copeland, President, Garrison Volunteer Fire Company, introduced the speaker, Putnam County Sherriff, Donald Smith (Brig. Gen. U.S. Army, Ret.) Master of Ceremonies was Br. Ted Novak, SA, Chaplain, Garrison Volunteer Fire Company. Fr. Ken Cienik, SA, (Capt. U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, Ret.), gave the invocation. Joseph Surace, Fire Chief, closed the service.
Erected by the Ironworkers of Local 40, New York City, who constructed it of steel girders and ash from the WTC site, the World Trade Center Memorial Cross was dedicated one year after the attacks, on September 11, 2002. A simple but powerful tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, it is believed to be the first such relic in the Hudson Valley.