Mary MuellerSep 11, 2017, 2:09 pmSep 11, 2017, 2:09 pm

Rockland residents lost on Sept. 11 remembered in Haverstraw

County lost 82 people during terrorists attacks 16 years ago

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Mourners gathered Monday in Haverstraw to remember the 82 Rockland County residents who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"As each year passes it becomes more, more important for us to remember," said Clarkstown Police Dept. Chaplain David Lothrop.

"We will never forget those who went to work that day and never came home. Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

More than 200 people gathered near the Hudson to remember the victims and support the grieving families whose lives changed forever that day.

Law enforcement lined up and prayers and readings followed, then a tolling of the bell and a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Then a second bell and silence at 9:03 a.m. for the plane that hit the south tower. Four more bells followed, one for the Pentagon, the collapse of the south tower, Flight 93, and the collapse of the north tower.

Surviving families read the names of the loved ones lost on Sept. 11.

Julius and and Ruth Graifman's son, David Martin Griefman, was from Spring Valley and worked on the 89th floor of the south tower as a financial analyst. Julius and his wife say they'll never forget speaking to their son on the phone for the last time that day.

"He said I am okay, turn on the TV , I have to run. We turned the TV on and we saw the plane hit the second tower,” Ruth Graifman recalled. Julius Graifman says when he sings he thinks of his son.

The Graifmans followed with others taking roses and placing them near the name of the loved one they lost.

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