Today marked 20 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and remembrances were held in towns and villages across Long Island.
In the Town of Islip, hundreds of people of all ages gathered at Veterans Memorial Park outside Islip Town Hall this morning to pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost on that day, many known and loved by Islip residents.
“The world has changed a great deal in the last 20 years, especially since the COVID pandemic,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “[This has] become an important tradition in Islip, a part of the fabric of our community, the coming together of our residents to commemorate and remember the lives of the 90 Town of Islip residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks.”
All 90 names were read aloud, firefighters, police officers, first responders, financial workers, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.
90 flags were placed around the 9/11 memorial to represent each of these individuals. Many families approached the memorial to touch the engraved names of their loved ones, as well as placed flowers, flags, and photos in front of the tribute.
Nancy Nee, sister of New York City firefighter George C. Cain, read a poem she wrote for her brother.
“So much time has past and yet it feels like a blink of an eye…you left the world you once knew for a better one in the sky,” Nee said. “Remembering you is easy, no one can ever take your place…keep sending us your signs and know we will be together again soon.”
Below are photos from today’s remembrance service.