“This day is the most deeply felt, and solemnly observed day of remembrance in our lifetime. It is the Pearl Harbor of our generation,” said Mayor Benjamin Weinstock in his opening speech.
9/11 is a day of remembrance for our fallen heroes and loved ones. Fourteen years after the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001, the Village of Cedarhurst held its annual memorial ceremony at 4:00 p.m. at the memorial plaza in Andrew J. Parise Park in honor of those lost from our area; Thomas Jurgens, Neil D. Levin, Kevin O’Rourke, Joseph Rivelli Jr., Bettina Browne Radburn, Ira Zaslow, and Howard Selwyn.
The chaplains of the Law-Ced fire department, Rev. Msgr. Paul F. Rahilly Pastor of St Joachim’s RC Church, Rabbi Kenneth Hain of Beth Sholom, Hon. Anthony Santino TOH Senior Councilman, Hon. Bruce Blakeman TOH Councilman, offered words of wisdom, healing and prayers to our great community and to those fallen heroes and loved ones.
Participation from LHS Public Schools Pam Gallopini School Music Director, Superintendent Gary Schall, LHS Vocal Ensemble and Taps Player, Lawrence-Cedarhurst and other Fire Departments, and Veteran’s of Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion brought dignity, grace and honor to a day that will be etched in our hearts forever.
Mayor Weinstock added “The men and women that we memorialize on our monument, together with all the members of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Inwood, & Meadowmere Park Fire Departments, The 4th Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department our Auxiliary Police and all emergency responders, you will always be OUR heroes” as Commander Mandelbaum from Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion Posted the Colors.