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9/10/2019 - [VIDEO] Huntington Holds Annual 9/11 Memorial Service in Heckscher Park

Huntington – Town of Huntington Officials were joined by Suffolk County and New York State Officials, veterans, local fire departments, first responders, families and friends for a memorial service on Sunday, September 8 at the Town’s 9/11 Memorial in Heckscher Park to honor and remember residents and first responders of the Town of Huntington who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Bill Ober, Chairman of the Town's Veterans Advisory Board led the Presentation of the Colors. Veterans Advisory Board member Bob Santo delivered the Pledge of Allegiance. The Long Island Children’s Choir with Colleen Regan, Artistic & Touring Choir Director, performed the National Anthem and God Bless America. An invocation was delivered by Deacon Jean D. Cantave of St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Eugene Cook, Councilwoman Joan Cergol, and Councilman Edmund J.M. Smyth read the names of 43 residents and first responders who perished in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as Paul Kelly, Bob Santo, Morris Koffer, Walter Scally, and Jerald Griliches, members of the Veterans Advisory Board, delivered a bell salute and placed a rose for each victim, ending with a moment of silence. Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport donated roses for the ceremony.

A benediction was delivered by Rev. Matthew Means of the Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington; Amazing Grace was performed by John Martin on the bagpipes; Taps was performed by Tom Butterfield, Vice Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Band, on bugle; and the colors were retired by the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, Disabled American Veterans, Huntington Detachment Marine Corps League #792, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Nathan Hale #1469 and Elwood/Commack #9263), American Legions (Greenlawn #1244, Huntington #360, and Northport #694), Jewish War Veterans #488, Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Greenlawn American Legion Riders Chapter #1244.