Historical society honors Westlake victim of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Westlake Historical Society will again meet at the gravesite of Christina Ryook in Evergreen Cemetery. Members of our society have met there annually since 2006.

Lysa Stanton, Westlake Historical Society president, first became aware of Ms. Ryook’s grave while walking her dog at Evergreen Cemetery. Christina was in the World Trade Center when it was attacked.

Because Christina’s family sometimes travels to New York for commemorative observances, Lysa always makes sure there is a local service on Sept. 11. When the Ryook family is in town, they and the Westlake Historical Society hold a joint service.

Through a fundraising campaign, a bench was placed near Christina’s grave in her memory. Westlake Historical Society members were the organizers behind the bench placement effort.

Everyone is welcome to attend this year’s commemorative service at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Christina’s grave site is located at Evergreen Cemetery, 29535 Center Ridge Road, along the far west side. Those wishing to contact the Westlake Historical Society may do so by calling 216-848-0680 or 216-961-6374.

The Historical Society would also like to remind readers that the annual Yard Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road. We greatly appreciate all the donations we received and hope to see you at the sale!               

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:47 AM, 09.08.2021