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September 11, 2007 (516) 869-7794
TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD CONDUCTS MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH
Albertson, NY – The Town of North Hempstead held a memorial service today at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson to honor and remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including over 60 North Hempstead residents and natives, who perished on that day.
“The events of September 11th have fundamentally altered the landscape of our nation, and it is important as individuals that we take the time to always remember those who lost their lives in the horrific attacks that took place that day,” said Supervisor Kaiman.
The ceremony, which was organized by Town Clerk Leslie Gross, included an invocation and benediction by Pastor Robert Riebau of the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park, the playing of taps, gun salute and presentation of colors by the Albertson Veterans of Foreign Wars, Commander Vinnie DeMartino of the Albertson VFW led the Pledge of Allegiance, and two moments of silence at 8:46 and 9:03 am denoting the times when each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center were attacked.
“By gathering this morning, we also honor the brave men and women of our armed forces, police, fire departments, and ambulance corps for their devotion to duty on that day and the heart-wrenching weeks that followed,” Town Clerk Leslie Gross Said.
Also participating in the service were Town Councilmembers Thomas K. Dwyer, Maria-Christina Poons, Lee Seeman, Angelo Ferrara, Robert Troiano, Jr., and Fred Pollack, who provided a memorial reading of the names of North Hempstead residents who perished in the attacks; State Senator Craig Johnson, offered remarks to open the program; Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, who read a poem to the assembled and Town Receiver of Taxes Rocco Iannarelli, who led the congregants into the moments of silence.
Attending the service were Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman, State Assemblymen Charles Lavine and Thomas McKevitt, and Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink.
In addition to annually commemorating the victims of the 2001 attacks, the Town of North Hempstead has established a permanent monument in Clark Botanic Gardens. The Town chose a quiet, beautiful grove in the Garden where a memorial was erected with an affixed plaque which reads:
We dedicate this quiet grove in living memory of the victims and heroes of North Hempstead whose lives were lost in the tragic attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001.
Also participating in the ceremony was the Albertson Fire Company. Purple Flowers were placed by the memorial l this year symbolizing remembrance.