The memorial garden that spreads across the outer courtyard just off the school auditorium was unveiled and dedicated to 9/11 victim and PVMHS grad Christine Barbuto last October. Credit: John Castelluccio
City and school officials, teachers, students and other residents gathered at a tranquil spot in the midst of the bustle at Peabody Veterans Memorial High Wednesday morning to reflect and remember the lives lost in New York 12 years ago, especially Peabody native Christine Barbuto.
The memorial garden that spreads across the outer courtyard just off the school auditorium was unveiled and dedicated to Barbuto last October.
On Wednesday, Mayor Ted Bettencourt and PVMHS Principal Eric Buckley offered brief remarks.
Bettencourt said that while many suffered tragic heartbreak that day, we are also left with the courageous stories of passengers aboard the planes and police officers and firefighters who rushed into the twin towers to try and save lives.
"It's been 12 years and I'm sure we all still remember where we were on that tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001," Buckley said.
He said the garden serves as a reminder that Barbuto was a victim, but it's also a celebration of her life.
Two other ceremonies were held earlier that morning by the police and fire departments.