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Great Neck Clergy Association 9/11 Memorial Service

The Great Neck Clergy Association is sponsoring a September 11 Memorial Service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The memorial service is set for Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Jonathan L. Ielpi Park Firefighters Park on Grace Avenue in the Village of Great Neck Plaza.

The keynote speaker for the memorial service is longtime Great Neck resident New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Rev. Msgr. Brendan P. Riordan, pastor of Great Neck’s St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, said that “members of the local clergy will offer words of consolation and hope from various religious traditions.”

The program will begin with a Parade of Flags consisting of a color guard, followed by Great Neck organizations that choose to participate. To apply to join the Parade of Flags an organization only has to supply two persons carrying one flag. The flag should preferably be 5’ or 3’ or larger.

The Great Neck Clergy Association has stated that the primary purpose of the memorial service is “to reverently remember the victims of 9/11 and especially remember the six men from our community who died at Ground Zero 10 years ago.” Photographs of Great Neck residents who perished on 9/11 will be displayed at the service and a member of one of the families will speak “to remind everyone of the terrible pain and loss their deaths have caused.”

Rev. Msgr. Riordan, told the Great Neck Record: “We have tried to make our service as dignified, respectful and inclusive as possible.”

The program will also include what the Clergy Association termed “appropriate musical selections, a poetic reflection and, hopefully, uplifting and joyful music and song from the young people of our community.”

 The program will end with Great Neck’s own Nikki Blonsky leading the service with Irving Berlin’s God Bless America.

The Great Neck Clergy Association invites the entire Great Neck community for this special memorial service for the 9/11 victims and their families.

In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will be held at Great Neck South Middle School, 341 Lakeville Road in Lake Success.