Two years ago, the Rye 9/11 Memorial Committee unveiled the 9/11 Memorial gazebo, of planning and debate. Today, 11 years after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the gazebo stands on Rye’s Village Green as a memorial for family members and friends to visit and remember their lost loved ones.
The gazebo features the signatures of each of Rye’s 14 9/11 victims beneath the circular railing in the gazebo interior: Sean O’Neill, Tommy Palazzo, George Morell, Teddy Maloney, Christopher Mello, Ward Haynes, Thomas Crotty, Benjamin Fisher, Yugi Goya, Takashi Kinoshita, Gary Kocheler, Francis McGuinn, Michael Simon and Allan Upton.
At the unveiling on June 6, 2010, Steve Otis, who was the mayor of Rye during the gazebo process said: “In this place and at this time, it is fitting that we bring together part of Rye’s past with this historic gazebo. It is especially meaningful that we join the personal celebration of the lives of our friends with the history of Rye, our past, our present and our future. Today we dedicate this memorial to honor, remember, and express our love for what they mean to us and what they mean to Rye.”
For more on the history of the gazebo please read ’s 2010 article,
What do you think of the memorial gazebo? Will you visit it today to remember the local residents who were lost on that tragic day? Please share in the comments.
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