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.
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