Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
A memorial service was held to honor those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 this past Saturday at Memorial Park in Mineola. Members of the village flocked to the park to honor those lost in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center ten years ago. Members of the local community, Mineola Fire Department and local departments were on hand to commemorate the event including but not limited to Master of Ceremonies and Village Board Trustee Paul Pereira, Mayor Scott Strauss, Trustees Larry Werther and Paul Cusato and George Durham and Pastor Chester Easton.
Mayor Scott Strauss, fighting back tears, addressed the crowd. He himself was a first responder 10 years ago after the September 11th attacks.
Strauss has been recognized for his efforts on countless occasions, but still presents his experience as a humbling one, stating it was the “right thing to do.”
“Tonight, we’re gathered here to remember the tragedies of September 11th and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, those who survived and those who rushed in to help and those who were left behind,” Strauss said. “September 11th was a day that changed America. It was a day that united us as a nation. We were one. Everyday citizens and rescue workers stood shoulder to shoulder during an unimaginable attack, facing uncertainty and death to help friends, coworkers and strangers for no other reason, than it was simply the right thing to do.”
Strauss continued that he saw office workers and strangers turn down saving themselves to save others. What occurred that day was “the greatest rescue operation in American history and possibly the world,” Strauss said.
“Store owners, churches, community organizations and even children pitched in to help rescue workers know that they were not alone. That is the greatness that is this country,” the mayor said.