For the past several years, the Village of Manorhaven has conducted memorial ceremonies on Sept. 11 in honor of the thousands of people who lost their lives on that date in 2001. This year’s Sept. 11 ceremony will be no exception, and will also feature a new monument.
To date, the village has installed a 9/11 Memorial Garden, followed two years later by a monument organized by now Eagle Scout Kyle DiLeo, which honors Port Washington residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The new monument that will be unveiled during this year’s ceremony will feature a section of a steel girder from the World Trade Center. The steel section had been in a display case inside village hall, but it was felt that it belonged outside with the other memorials, also enabling it to be viewed by more people. These three elements will combine for a larger, more complete memorial area, which also features a brick-paved walkway, plaques honoring the fallen and a bench.
More than 50 attendees are expected to join Mayor Jim Avena, the trustees and staff for a full program, which includes the mayor’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Ella Rowe, who will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” a cappella. Members of the clergy will lead the audience in prayer, select speakers will say a few words and veterans will provide a gun salute.
The entire community is invited to attend this moving ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. at village hall located at 33 Manorhaven Blvd.