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Manorhaven Unveils Sept. 11 Artifact

Village, town, county and state officials gathered last week on the lawn at Manorhaven Village Hall to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Five hundred Long Islanders were among those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, including Manorhaven residents Bart Ruggiere, Pepe Salerno, Antonio Rodriguez and Keiichiro Takahasha.

This year’s ceremony included the unveiling of an artifact from the World Trade Center, a beam weighing about 100 lbs. The beam was secured for the Village by the efforts of Village Mayor Giovanna Giunta and Deputy Clerk, Sharon Natalie, through a program offered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Steve Blasucci, owner of Port Plumbing & Heating built and donated a cabinet to permanently house the beam. “This gesture is a testimony to Steve’s kindness, skill and community spirit,” noted Mayor Giunta.

Charles Acker, a retired NYC first responder and Jon Chalker Commander Henderson-Marino VFW Post 1819 unveiled the artifact which will be on permanent display in the Village hall.

Sept. 11 “is seared into our hearts, minds and spirit individually and as a nation,” said the mayor. “The unfathomable tragedy of that day along with the incredible acts of heroism will forever mark and bind our nation together. Manorhaven was personally touched by both.”

Last year, Manorhaven built and dedicated a Memorial Walkway at Village Hall. This year it received a part of Sept. 11 history: a 100 pound steel beam from the World Trade Center. Firefighters, police, EMT, veterans, clergy and dignitaries and residents “have all come together today on Sept. 11 to honor, remember and dedicate this very special artifact to the memory of all those loved ones who lost their lives 12 years ago,” Mayor Giunta said. “This ceremony is in remembrance and love.”

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, State Senator Jack Martins, State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County Legislators Wayne Wink, Judi Bosworth, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, as well as North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio.

Speaker after speaker noted the beautiful clear sky so reminiscent of Sept. 11, 2001, and the clear demarcation of our changed reality before and after that fateful day. Senator Martins posed the question: How do we heal without forgetting and educating? The ceremony ended with a gun salute outside followed by the unveiling of the artifact inside Village Hall.

Artifacts from the World Trade Center are made available to local municipalities through The WTC Artifacts program with the understanding that they will be cared for and displayed in an appropriate manner for public viewing along with the following acknowledgment: Artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center.