Written by Dan Kornfeld and Christy Hinko Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
For the past nine years the Farmingdale Community Summit has gathered together to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This year, to mark the 10th anniversary, the Farmingdale Community Summit Council held a special gathering, a Remembrance Walk, from the Mazza Monument at Allen Park in Farmingdale to the Farmingdale Public Library.
The walk and ceremony were not only a remembrance but also a celebration of the human spirit of those whose lives were cut short. It also paid tribute to those who were first responders to 9/11 as well as those in the military serving overseas as a result of the attack.
Over 400 residents marched and attended the ceremony at the Farmingdale Public Library. American flag arches were provided by the North Massapequa, East Farmingdale, Farmingdale and South Farmingdale fire departments along the walk route.
The Summit and Library unveiled a piece of World Trade Center steel that was permanently installed in front of the existing monument. The Summit would like to acknowledge and thank the local volunteers of the fire departments and the Nassau County Police Department for their assistance with the walk and for making sure that the entire route was safe.
On Saturday, Sept. 10 the Bethpage community held a special candlelight memorial vigil at Washington Avenue and Broadway, with local and county officials in attendance, including Legislator Rose Walker and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
Bethpage School District children read off 120 names of the Town of Oyster Bay residents who perished in the attack. A moment of silence was observed.
Additionally, Bethpage and the surrounding communities participated in the National Day of Service. The Bethpage Fire Department along with NY Blood Services, radio stations WBAB and WBLI held a 9-11 blood drive at Fire Station #4 on Stewart Ave and collected 169 pints of donated blood.