Written by Carol Frank Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
The day of September 11, 2011 was observed in a number of public services in Great Neck. Many chose to reflect privately and many chose to come together to grieve. Ceremonies began at 8 a.m. at the Vigilant Fire Company on Cuttermill Road as the members assembled to unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that had been erected. The company then marched to Jon’s Park for a memorial service.
At 8:45 a.m. the Alert Fire Company conducted a service at the 9-11 Memorial Bridge as a tribute to those “innocents and heroes” who died.
Following the ceremony at the Bridge, people walked over to the Saddle Rock village hall for a viewing of the DVD that traced the story of how people were drawn to the Bridge in the days and weeks following the attacks. Copies of the DVD that was developed and produced by the late Mayor Leonard Samansky and PATV are available free to the public.
In the afternoon, the Great Neck Clergy Association held a service at Jon’s Park on Grace Avenue. The service was to remember 9/11 and honor those lost. Photographs of the six lost from Great Neck surrounded the park’s gazebo where a host of public officials gathered with the clergy. Poetry and musical offerings were featured. New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli was the keynote speaker.