Town, North Shore holding memorial services for 22nd anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Town, North Shore holding memorial services for 22nd anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks
The Town of North Hempstead and areas throughout it will hold ceremonies to remember the Sept. 11 attacks 22 years later. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

The Town of North Hempstead will host a 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday, Sept. 11 at Manhasset Valley Park, located on East Shore Road and Northern Boulevard. 

The ceremony, officials said, will take place at 8:15 a.m. Town Supervisor Jennifer DeSena and Clerk Ragini Srivastava discussed the importance the attacks continue to have on the North Hempstead community. 

“This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of these tragic attacks on America, and we will once again commemorate the day and honor those we have lost with this special ceremony at the Town’s 9/11 Memorial at Manhasset Valley Park,” DeSena said in a statement. “Fifty-six North Hempstead residents lost their lives in the attacks, so it is especially significant that we come together as a community each year to honor their memory. The passage of time does not diminish the tragedy that our nation suffered, so please join us as we remember these loved ones and the brave heroism of our first responders who answered the call that day.”

“Once again we gather to commemorate those we lost in the tragic events of September 11th twenty-two years ago,” Srivastava said. “Our somber reflection may be a public expression, a celebration and tribute or an immensely private and personal moment of grief and resolution. May we continue to heal and rededicate ourselves to a better world and share in the promise to ‘Never Forget.'”

Two years ago the town displayed its Sept. 11 memorial at the park which features a 19-foot-long steel beam from the World Trade Center.

Officials in 2021 presented the monument with a plaque listing the names of the 56 North Hempstead residents who died directly in front of it.

The beam is visible from the LIRR overpass, the rail line so many of the victims took on their way to work that day. It is also pointed and angled directly at ground zero, 17 miles away.

Other municipalities and villages throughout the North Shore are holding their respective ceremonies in commemoration of the anniversary.

The Village of Mineola will be holding its annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Mineola Memorial Park at 195 Marcellus Road. 

The Village of Williston Park will be holding its annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Kelleher Field at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. 

The Village of East Williston will hold a candlelight remembrance ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the village green.

A reading of the names will take place to pause and reflect on the lives of Michael Cahill, Jonathan Connors, Robert Jordan, Thomas Kuveikis and Peter Owens Jr. 

Speaking at the event will be Kevin Mulrooney, an East Williston firefighter, retired NYPD sergeant and Sept. 11 first responder. 

On Sunday, Sept. 10, the Church of the Holy Spirit in New Hyde Park at 16 South 6th St. will be offering a mass at 11 a.m. to honor the lives that were lost in the attacks. 

The New Hyde Park Fire Department will then hold a remembrance ceremony after the mass at their headquarters on 1555 Jericho Turnpike. 

The Village of Floral Park will be observing the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Monday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the Relic Memorial located in front of Village Hall. 

All families, friends and neighbors are invited to join the Floral Park Fire Department and board of trustees as they remember the lives lost on that day. 

The Village of Manorhaven will be hosting a ceremony at Village Hall on Sept. 11 to honor the 22nd anniversary of the attacks. The ceremony will begin at noon.

The Men’s Club of Temple Israel is hosting a memorial service on Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Saddle Rock 9/11 Memorial Bridge.

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