YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Every year on Sept. 11, Americans come together and vow to “never forget.”

In addition to remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died that day and years later from complications, it also means never forgetting how that tragedy bound most Americans. That unity, however, was short-lived, said Supervisor Ilan Gilbert.

“It seems like so long ago since we stood hand-in-hand as a country united as one,” Gilbert said Tuesday morning. “We should never forget those feelings.”

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Gilbert made his remarks around 8:40 a.m., around the same time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center 17 years ago.

A piece of that tower was on display Tuesday morning at the Yorktown Elks Lodge on Waverly Road. Dozens of residents and elected officials attended. The Yorktown Elks, which organized the ceremony, acquired the piece through the Beacon Elks Lodge.

Two other ceremonies took place in Yorktown on Tuesday. One at 5 p.m. at the Shrub Oak Memorial and another at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Department firehouse in Jefferson Valley.