Remembering 9/11: The Rising memorial
It took a decade for the Sept. 11 memorial to go up at Ground Zero, but for the past five years, there has been a place in Westchester County for people to come and remember local residents killed in the attacks. The memorial, called "The Rising," was dedicated in 2006 at the foot of the Kensico Dam in Valhalla. The goal of the site was to be an uplifting place for the victims' loved ones. "The Rising" is made up of more than 100 steel beams jutting 80 feet into the sky. At the base of the memorial is what is called a circle of remembrance -- granite stones with personalized messages written by family members for each of the 111 people from Westchester killed in the attacks. Among the people who have been visiting the memorial over the years are two young brothers, Ethan Zeplin, 10, and Ryan Zeplin, 12, who lost their father, Marc, on Sept. 11. They say coming to "The Rising" makes them feel closer to their dad. "I feel more connected to him here," Ryan Zeplin says. "I feel like he's looking down on me." This year, the Zeplin brothers and their mother will visit not only "The Rising," but also Ground Zero, where Ryan Zeplin will be reading his father's name aloud during the memorial service.