September 9, 2013 | 1687 views
Local ceremonies honor those who perished
It’s been 12 years since those tragic events of September 11. More than 400 Long Islanders who worked in Manhattan died that day. Those sorrowful memories will stay with their loved ones and all of us forever.
Both Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead honor those precious lives that were taken with uplifting tributes.
Long Island’s largest ceremony is hosted by the Town of Hempstead at the picturesque and pristine ocean shoreline, at Point Lookout Beach. This year's Sunrise Memorial Service, on Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 a.m., will feature a stunning 35-foot tall "Tribute to our Heroes" replica of the World Trade Center rising above a patriotic mural of the city skyline. Guests will be invited to pen inspiring messages or the names of beloved victims upon the three dimensional tower walls. The event, at 1300 Lido Blvd., in Point Lookout, is free and open to all. Along with an ecumenical service, the program includes casting of carnations upon a tribute fountain, placement of memorial flags at the foot of the Trade Center monument, a dove release and a walkover bridge that traverses an actual World Trade Center beam.
Nassau County held its Sunset Candlelight and Remembrance Ceremony this past Sunday, Sept. 8, at the 9/11 Memorial in Eisenhower Park.
Names of Nassau County residents who lost their lives in the attacks were read by family members at the Lakeside Theatre, adjacent to Nassau County’s 9/11 Memorial in Eisenhower Park.