Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
For many people living in our seaside community, the beach has long been an important part of the celebration of life’s joys and the commemoration of its tribulations. The soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore, the rays of sun sparkling on the open sea, the warm white sand blanketing the shoreline and the endless horizon of ocean have always held a special significance for those seeking reflection and comfort.
In the wake of September 11, 2001, many have taken solace in the serenity of the beach and the vast waters of the Atlantic. Each year that has followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the town has held a meaningful and moving sunrise service at Town Park Point Lookout by the sea. We invite you to join with members of Hempstead Town’s family for our memorial program on the beach on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m.
As the ocean is symbolic to renewal, reflection and rebirth, the memorial ceremony will provide comfort for those enduring the loss of loved ones, celebrate the lasting gifts and the inspiration that the brave victims of September 11, 2001 continue to provide and offer hope for the future.
The many Long Islanders who have attended in the past have found this ceremony to be moving. Please join the Hempstead Town Board, reverend clergy, families of beloved victims and fellow Americans on the morning of Sept. 11 at Town Park Point Lookout. Together we will share a unique and uplifting experience that offers an opportunity for personal reflection and renewal.