Friends, relatives and members of the community gathered Tuesday to pay tribute to those who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The annual ceremony was held at Amy's Greenhouse, located at Barnard. It is a living memorial to Amy O'Doherty, the 23-year-old daughter of a retired Barnard teacher, Geraldine Davie. O'Doherty was killed in the World Trade Center attack.
Millie Radonjic, project chairwoman, led the ceremony, introducing speakers including Mayor Noam Bramson, school district Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Barnard Principal Patricia Lambert and Fr. Kevin Devlin.
Davie, her voice breaking toward the end of her speech (see attached video), spoke about the 9/11 Survivor Tree. She brought two books about the tree for the school's library.
Bramson said it was an honor to be invited to the ceremony.
He said there was a sense of uncertainly how Americans should respond to Sept. 11.
"It's been 11 years," Bramson said, adding that pre-school children at the time of the attacks are now applying for college.
"No nation should have to live in the shadow of grief," he said. "It's OK to move on, but it's not OK to forget."