Barnard Elementary School was the scene Wednesday of the annual tribute to people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The ceremony was held at Amy's Greenhouse, located on the grounds of the school. 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.
"On this day we remember those we lost and honor" those who gave their lives to help others, said Millie Radonjic, the greenhouse's project chairwoman.
The ceremony inaugurated the greenhouse's amphitheater with operatic selections by singers in New Rochelle Opera Company.
Radonjic said Nick Peduto of Peduto Construction and his son-in-law Greg Pappas were instrumental in getting the amphitheater built.
"Nine to 11 men worked on it" over the Labor Day weekend, she said.
New Rochelle School Board President David Lacher said the greenhouse and the ceremony represent rebirth and the future.
He said he appreciated all the community spirit.
"Let us continue to celebrate life today," Lacher said.