Hempstead Town to commemorate victims of Sept. 11 in sunrise memorial ceremony.


Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen will be joined by police officers, firefighters and local clergy to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at Point Lookout Town Park (1300 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach)

Speakers will include FDNY Lt. John Fee and family members of the victims. Music will be presented by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums Band, along with the Gregorian Consortium of Kellenberg Memorial High School.

The Point Lookout ceremony is held on the same beach where hundreds of residents gathered spontaneously on Sept. 11, 2001 and looked across the water as black smoke billowed from lower Manhattan before part of the Manhattan skyline disappeared.

As part of the ceremony, mourners will place white carnations around a 30-foot-tall steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center, before being invited to write special notes to the victims, including those who have been lost from 9/11 related illnesses, and depositing them inside a permanent ‘memory box,’ next to the memorial wall.

Nearly 500 Long Islanders were killed in the attacks, including about 200 people from the Town of Hempstead.

“The ceremony is an opportunity to reflect, pay tribute and honor the heroes who died,” said Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “We gather as a community to heal, remember, and provide comfort to one another.”