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GC Honors 9/11 Victims On 11th Anniversary

Mayor Brudie leads turnout of officials and residents in paying homage to local residents

Over 50 Garden City residents attended a memorial at the Village Green for the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Held by the Garden City Fire Department and attended by Village of Garden City Mayor Donald T. Brudie and other village officials, everyone stood silently in prayer and remembrance for the 23 Garden City residents who were killed 11 years ago.

Ex-chief John Casey opened the ceremony with a prayer, saying: “We gather today to recall the events of September 11. We lift up to you, all the people who died in 9/11...those who died in the attacks, those who responded, those who now fight in wars as a result of that dark day, and those who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones every day.”

Standing beside the podium was Deputy Mayor and Fire Commissioner John Watras, NY State Senator Kemp Hannon, Trustee and former Fire Commissioner Nicholas Episcopia, Trustee Andrew Cavanaugh, Trustee Donnelly, Trustee DeMaro, Trustee Brian Daughney, Trustee and Firefighter Larry Quinn, Village Administrator Robert Schoelle, Village Clerk and Ex-Chief Brian Ridgway, Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson and Special Police Captain David Carpentier.

Fire Department Chief Charles Cavarra spoke at the ceremony, saying: “It’s time to remember the nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children we lost and the families they left behind. It’s a chance to honor the courage of the first responders who risked their lives that day, and every day since.” Acknowledging the coverage on news stations about 9/11, Chief Cavarra said, “It’s there because it exists, and it’s part of us.”

Referring to Garden City’s lost 23 residents, Chief Cavarra said this memorial “is about them,” and asked everyone to take some time out and reflect upon those events 11 years ago. “Every new day begins with new possibilities, it’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace,” Chief Cavarra said.

Second Assistant Chief Joe Nadoly spoke about a time before the Internet and telephones, when fire departments used telegraphs to communicate. When a firefighter was killed, or a member of the military or public safety fell in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal, known today as the ‘tolling of the bell.’ “It is a sign of respect and honor for all the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service to their communities,” Nadoly said.

Each of the 23 names were read aloud as a member of the fire department set a rose down in a glass in front of the 9/11 memorial monument at the village green. For each name, the ‘tolling of the bell’ was heard.