Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
Despite the dreary weather and sprinkling rain, the Glen Cove community gathered in Morgan Park Sunday evening to remember the tragic events that took place 10 years ago, how the community came together and responded to those events, and to honor the victims with a candle lighting ceremony.
Hosted by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove, the program began with a procession of first responders, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Lynch, followed by prayers, reflections, a poem, and a special dedication of roads. Clement Street was dedicated to Edward J. Lehman, Doxey Drive to Matthew T. McDermott, Laurel Avenue to John F. Puckett and Nassau Avenue to Joseph J. Zuccala.
“As a community, Glen Cove had a unique relationship to the events of that day as Glen Cove city workers, businesses and ordinary citizens mobilized to help transport medical personnel and first responders by ferry to Ground Zero and return with people trying to leave downtown Manhattan,” Mayor Suozzi said.
Community leaders including Carol Waldman, executive director of the Glen Cove Senior Center and David Spy, the former chief of the Glen Cove Fire Department, reflected on the events of the day and praised the Glen Cove community for their efforts.
Mayor Suozzi remarked on the “infinite sadness” he felt on that day and said, “We will always feel the pain and eternal sacrifice of that day…but let us seek to rejuvenate.”