Huntington Honors Its Own Lost on 9/11

Solemn ceremony at Heckscher Park for 43 residents.

Huntington came together on Tuesday to recall its residents lost 11 years ago to terror attacks in a solemn midday ceremony at Heckscher Park.

Firefighters rang a bell as the names ofthe 43 Huntington dead were read. The Marine Corps League fired off a three-volley salute and veterans placed flowers to be distributed to families.Political leaders spoke to the quiet, respectful crowd who gathered under sunny, deep-blue skies that reminded many of that tragic day.  

The Rev. Dr. Luonne Abraham Rouse of the United Methodist Church of Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor and Rabbi Yacov Saacks of the Lubavitch Chai Center of Dix Hills spoke about peace and the need for people to get along, with the rabbi referring to the “shame” the terrorists had committed on humanity.   Town Board members Mark Mayoka related his experiences of getting out of New York the day of the attacks, and Councilwoman Susan Berland told of the loss of a childhood friend.

Related: Long Island Remembers 9/11 

While members of the Northport Pipe and Drum band led off the ceremony, a choir from Cold Spring Harbor High School sang “God Bless America” and other songs, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Insp. Edward Brady, commander of the Suffolk Police Second Precinct.

Tuesday evening, the held its candlelight commemoration of its late chief, Peter Nelson. The service, held in the park named for him on Oakwood Road, was led by associate chaplain Tom Petriano, who spoke movingly to a group of department members, friends and others.

RichM342 September 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I was at this ceremony today. With all due respect to our local officials, next time lets skip the speeches from them and focus on the victims. At least Councilman Cook was mercifully brief. The program has the names of the town council printed in 4 different places, but the victims names appear once. The East Northport Fire Department holds a much more solemn ceremony which I would recommend
John Fay September 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Agreed. With all due respect to our local officials, this is not a time for speeches...only the sounds of the honor guard and the names of the lost should be heard / seen.


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