Twenty years ago, Rivertowns residents watched from vantage points in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, and Irvington as the South Tower of the World Trade Center disappeared from the New York City skyline at 9:59 a.m., followed by the North Tower at 10:28 a.m.

In the hours and days that followed, the impact of that event deepened as it was learned that current and former residents of this area were among those who were murdered that morning, and were among the first responders who rushed to the site that became known as Ground Zero.

Twenty years later, the Rivertowns still includes residents who were most impacted by Sept. 11, including those who lost spouses and parents. For this week’s issue of the Enterprise, a few of them, as well as a former resident, were willing to talk about their lives then and now.

Since 2001, memorials to those who were lost were installed at Addyman Square in Ardsley, Waterfront Park in Dobbs Ferry, Fulton Park in Hastings, and Scenic Hudson Park in Irvington. On the date of the 20th anniversary, ceremonies will be held at 8:30 a.m. at those sites in Ardsley and Irvington, and at 10 a.m. in Dobbs Ferry. 

In Hastings, the ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at VFW Park, where a living memorial was installed this week. That tribute includes almost 3,000 forget-me-nots — one for each of those who died at the World Trade Center. The plants, which were arranged in the shape of the Twin Towers, include tags on which were printed the names of the victims. In addition, tags for those who died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania were placed inside a heart. 

Twenty years later, the tributes persist, as they should. Thanks to all involved in those efforts.

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