Islip Town remembers Sept. 11
ISLIP TOWN—It wasn’t as bright, cool and crisp as it was on that fateful morning, 17 years ago. The day was cloudy, hot and humid. But still, a large crowd of approximately 200 people gathered in Memorial Park outside Islip Town Hall on Main Street for the annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Tuesday evening.
First responders began the tribute, marching in remembrance of those who, 17 years ago, lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The Lt. Michael Murphy Naval Sea Cadet Corps, based in West Sayville, participated as well.
Msgr. Brian McNamara, from Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip, provided the opening prayer. And there was also musical accompaniment from public works supervisor Peter Kletchka, who later performed a memorable rendition on guitar of “Amazing Grace.”
“Seventeen years have passed since that unimaginable event,” supervisor Angie Carpenter said, adding that the “world has changed a great deal” in that time.
Carpenter then, along with other Islip Town officials, read aloud the names of all the Islip Town residents that died as a result of the terrorist attacks, whether it was on the day or from related illnesses in the years that followed. A bell was sounded, with a single tap, for each of the individuals. Not once did the sound lose its effect as the 90 names were read.
The truly solemn event continued with a memorial wreath being placed upon the Sept. 11 Memorial (which, unfortunately, continues to accumulate names) outside Islip Town Hall.
Dr. Rev. Daris Dixon-Clark, from First Baptist Church of Bay Shore, said a closing prayer before the supervisor’s final remarks.
“Let us, as witnesses of history, vow to never forget the horror of that day,” Carpenter said.
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