FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2013
Town Officials Join State and County Representatives, Local Supporters to Remember 9/11 Fallen
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Albertson, NY –Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board Joined Town Clerk Leslie Gross, officials from the County and the State, as well as local veterans organizations, religious institutions and fire departments, to take part in the Town’s annual September 11 memorial service.
The mid-morning ceremony, which marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed close to 3,000 innocent victims (55 of whom lived in North Hempstead), was held at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson. Two sections of steel from the fallen Twin Towers, one 10,000-pound piece and a 62-pound section, with concrete still clung to them, were on display at the entrance to the gardens, making the service even more poignant.
“This piece of steel symbolizes our strength and resolve and all the ideals we embrace as Americans, the things that make this country great,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “As we gather here to remember those we lost on that fateful day, and to pay respect to those who put themselves in harm’s way to save lives, those who seek to destroy us should know that that moment 12 years ago has only served to make us stronger.”
Organized by the Office of Town Clerk Gross, the service was held in a clearing shaded by towering pines and oaks on the north side of the gift shop at the 12-acre sanctuary.
Members of the Albertson Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the colors, fired the three-volley rifle salute, and performed Taps. The Westbury High School choir performed a piano-accompanied version of “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”, and Manhasset High School freshman Corey McCluskey followed Rev. Charles Vogeley’s benediction with a stirring bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace”. Rabbi Anchelle Perl, representing Chabad of Minorla, gave the invocation.
In his remarks, Habeeb Ahmed, 1st Vice President of the Islamic Center of Long Island, offered a plea for all cultures to unite against “hatred, bigotry and racism.”
IMG_5163: The Town of North Hempstead held its Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Clark Botanical Garden. Elected officials as well as the veterans, religious leaders, community leaders and residents got together to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including 55 from North Hempstead. A 60 pound steel artifact from the World Trade Center was also on display as seen here in front of Supervisor Jon Kaiman.
The Albertson VFW gets ready to present the colors.