Sande Young founded the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee in spring 2011 and is chairwoman of the nonprofit organization. The Tab recently spoke with Young by email to ask her about this year’s event that honors the eight Newton residents who were killed during the terrorist attacks that occurred 17 years ago.
Why is the Sept. 11 ceremony taking place on Sept. 12 this year?
This year Sept. 11 falls on the second day of the Jewish New Year. After conferring with the Board of Directors and Mayor [Ruthanne] Fuller, we decided it should be moved to Sept. 12.
Why did you decide to get involved with the memorial group?
Back in 2011, I learned that residents in the City of Acton formed a group to raise money to build a memorial for the residents that they lost in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Since Newton had lost eight residents [and] almost 10 years had gone by, it was imperative that we have a memorial to these people and somehow I would make it happen. It was a lot of work. It took two years but every bit of time and effort was worth it to all of us who worked so hard to get it done.
What can attendees expect at this year’s ceremony?
It is a solemn occasion but so meaningful every year. We have the Police and Fire Honor Guard, a fire lieutenant who plays the bagpipes magnificently, [and] the national anthem sung by Michael Lamm, a Newton employee.
Rabbi [Gershon] Segal from [Congregation] Beth El-Atereth Israel, will give the invocation and Fire Chaplain Rev. Mark Caggiano will give the benediction. The mayor will speak and the memorial text will be read, including the names of our 8 Newton residents who we have lost now 17 years ago.
How can others get involved in future ceremonies?
The best way to get involved is to attend our commemorations every year with your children. You can go on our website at www.newton9-11.org and our Facebook page: Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee. You can buy a memorial brick and help us get the word out about our commemorations every year.
Why do you think it’s important for people to attend?
It is so important to attend. We must never forget that fateful day. We must remember, stay strong and make sure that this can never happen again. We must show appreciation to all of the first responders, fire[fighters], and police present today as well as the many we have lost.
Children that were too young to remember or who were not born yet need to be taught the lesson of that day.
The annual Sept. 11 commemoration will take place at the Newton 9-11 Memorial on Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the memorial located at 1164 Centre St. outside of the Fire Department Headquarters.