Written by Erica Palladino Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00On Sunday, Sept. 11, Americans around the nation gathered together to commemorate all those who risked and lost their lives 10 years ago. In Sea Cliff, a beautiful ceremony was held outside the Sea Cliff Junior Library. There, many citizens, firemen, policemen, teachers, and students from the area stood with glowing candles.
The service began with a greeting from Phil Como who then turned to Father Bob Romeo for an opening prayer. Heads bowed as he told the group to not only pray for those who perished, and those who tried to save them, but for all the daughters and sons who no longer have fathers and mothers because of the horrific event.
In November of 2001, only months after the terrorist attack, Sea Cliff placed a Memorial Clock in front of the library. It’s a reminder of the loved ones lost but also a reminder of how America has come together to support and remember.
Mayor Bruce Kennedy pointed out that the 19 Al-Qaeda members who attacked the World Trade Center that day 10 years ago were “cowards who mistook what it means to be an American. Americans are people who love justice, who will fight for freedom, and sacrifice time and money for the greater good.”
Before the ceremony concluded, citizens were able to speak the names of the loved ones they had lost. Although each person had a different name to share, they all came together for one reason: to remember, to mourn, and to bless America.