Huntington Remembers Those Lost in Sept.11 Attacks

Fire departments around the Town of Huntington will mark the 17th anniversary Tuesday of the attacks on Sept.11, 2001.

The public is invited to all commemorations. Here are some of the services.

Melville firefighters will gather at 8:15 a.m. for a commemoration.

The  Cold Spring Harbor Department  will have a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. at Fireman’s Park across from the firehouse.

The East Northport Fire Department‘s service will start T9:45 am at ENFD Headquarters, 1, 9th Ave., in East Northport. A candle light vigil is set for 8 pm at the same location.

The Huntington Manor Fire Department will have a candlelight vigil at  8 p.m. Tuesday  at HMFD Station 2, New York Ave between East 23rd and East 24th Street. All are invited.

On Sunday, the Town of Huntington remembered the 43 town residents who perished in the attacks in a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in Heckscher Park.

“It is hard to believe there is an entire generation of young people who do not know what it was like to experience and live with memories of that day,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who served as master of ceremonies and later addressed victims’ families. “It is in the memory of your loved ones we hold this ceremony this year and every year so that we can remember your loss – which remains our loss – and educate those too young to have lived through that day.”

In the Town’s first 9/11 Memorial Service on a day other than September 11, a move made by the Town to make it easier for Huntington victims’ family and friends to attend,

The commemoration was moved from the actual date of the attack so that friends and relatives of the victims could attend the service.

Names of those lost were read by Lupinacci, Council members Mark Cuthbertson, Eugene Cook and Joan Cergol, and Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia.

As each name was read, Veterans Advisory Board Chairman Bill Ober rang a bell as members Paul Kelly, Bob Santo, Walter Scally, Mortimer Roberts, and Jerald Griliches, representing member Morris Koffer, placed a rose in a vase.

The invocation was delivered by Deacon Jean D. Cantave of St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn. A benediction was delivered by Rabbi Yaakov Raskin of the Chabad of Huntington Village to close the ceremony.

Among those present were family members of 9/11 victims Craig M. Blass, Judson “Judd” Cavalier, Michael J. Duffy, Dennis M. Edwards, Frederick H. Kelley, Kristin Irvine Ryan, and James B. Reilly.

Also in attendance for the ceremony were Highway Superintendent Kevin S. Orelli, Tax Receiver Jillian Guthman, former Town Supervisor Toni Rettaliata-Tepe, New York State Assemblymen Andrew Raia and Steve Stern, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer, Senior Chief Officer Tony Martinez of the U.S. Coast Guard at Eatons Neck, Suffolk County Police Lieutenant Michael Teplansky, Northport Village Chief of Police Bill Ricca, Huntington Veteran Commanders, Veterans and Color Guards, Huntington Community First Aid Squad members, President of Sons of Italy Perry Como Lodge Anne Cajigas, and local fire departments and volunteers.

Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport donated roses for the ceremony. Qwik Ride provided free transportation circling the parking areas for the ceremony.

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