Hempstead Town will host a sunrise memorial service to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Point Lookout Town Park (1300 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach).
Supervisor Laura Gillen and the Town Board invite all residents, families and friends to attend the memorial to pay tribute to all those who were lost on September 11, as well as all those lost due to subsequent 9-11 related illness.
The Point Lookout service is held at the same location where hundreds of residents gathered spontaneously on September 11, 2001, and looked across the water as black smoke billowed from the World Trade Center before this vital part of the Manhattan skyline disappeared. Speakers will include local (Ret.) FDNY Lieutenant Michael O’ Connell and music by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums Band, along with the Gregorian Consortium of Kellenberg Memorial High School.
As part of the ceremony, all will be invited to place white carnations around a 30-foot-tall steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center.
“We remember and will never forget, the nearly 3,000 lives taken from us so tragically — including the over 450 Long Islanders and 200 residents from the Town of Hempstead whom we called our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends,” said Gillen. “We will continue to gather as a community to honor the victims taken on that tragic day and to honor the courage of those who put themselves so selflessly in harm’s way to save people they never knew.”