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Remembering the Local Victims On Sept. 11, 2001 Anniversary

Sunday, Sept. 11 will be the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

There are many local memorial services available for residents. Nassau County’s ceremonies were scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7.

At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 the Town of Hempstead will hold its 9-11 Memorial Service at Town Park Point Lookout, on Lido Blvd. A service of remembrance alongside the waters of the Atlantic on the 10th anniversary will be held.

On Sunday, Sept. 11 the Levittown American Legion Post 1711 will be holding a short ceremony in memory of the members of the Levittown community who lost their lives. All residents of the Levittown and surrounding communities are welcome at this ceremony that will be held at the Levittown Veterans Park at Shelter Lane and Hempstead Tpke., beginning at 6 p.m.

The Levittown Fire Department September 11th memorial service in memory of former Chief Ronald T. Kerwin will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Fire Headquarters 120 Gardiners Ave. Kerwin was also a lieutenant of FDNY Squad 288, who died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. At this year’s memorial service, we will be unveiling a 1,800 lb I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center. The Port Authority of New York donated this piece of steel to the Levittown Fire Department. All are welcome to attend.

On Sunday, Sept. 11 the public is invited to join the Levittown and East Meadow Kiwanis-Family in memory of those lost 10 years ago. A service project of making pillow hugs for U.S. soldiers recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and firefighters recovering in the NUMC Burn unit will be held. The ceremony and project will take place at Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway in Hicksville from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center at Museum Row will be open, free of charge. The Museum will be exhibiting “Lives of Service: Celebrating the Heroes of September 11th.” For more information visit: www.ncfiremuseum.org.

Following is a list of local victims by hometown, name, age and employer, who perished in the attacks.

East Meadow:

Charles (Carlos) Dominguez, 34, Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.    

Ann McGovern, 68, Aon Corp.

Levittown:

Paul W. Jurgens, 47, Port Authority of NY/NJ

Lt. Ronald T. Kerwin, 42, FDNY

George Merkouris, 35 Carr Futures

Robert Parro, 35, FDNY

Richard Poulos, 55, Cantor Fitzgerald

Jeffrey J. Shaw, 42, Forest Electric Corp.

Seaford:

Timothy Haskell, 34, FDNY

Matthew Lancelot Ryan, 54 FDNY

Wayne Saloman, 43, Cantor Fitzgerald

Wantagh:

Richard Anthony Aceto, 42, Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.

Dennis M. Carey, 51, FDNY

Lee S. Fehling, 28, FDNY

Charles Wilson Magee, 51, Silverstein Properties

Brian G. McDonnell, 38, NYPD

Joseph Mistrulli, 47, Bronx Builders

Robert Sliwak, 42, Cantor Fitzgerald

Paul Talty, 40, NYPD

 

Wendell S. Storms of Levittown submitted a poem in memory:

                         Hope

T’was the eleventh of September
In the year Two Thousand One,
And in the evening darkness
As that fateful day was done,
Our majestic New York City
Smoldered ‘neath the setting sun.

In silence through the fading rays
Moving slowly toward the sea,
A ghostly plume of smoke and dust
Now marked the tragedy.
Out of grief and out of sorrow
There will dawn that new tomorrow.

It shall rise from out of ashes
There will be a brighter day
For the lady in her harbor
Will guide and lead the way.
From the horror of the cauldron
Where so many lives were hurled,
There may come a new beginning
Of a more united World.