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 Babylon, hundreds of people of all ages gathered at the Hometown Memorial between Overlook and Cedar beaches Saturday evening to pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost on that day, many known and loved by Babylon residents.
With event organizers standing amongst the stone plaques displaying the faces of 48 Babylon men and women who died on 9/11, the names were read aloud: firefighters, police officers, first responders, financial workers, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.
“All these individuals we honor today committed no offense against another nation, they held no ill-will toward others, they were merely going about their daily routine, working hard to provide for their families and to build a life they dreamed of,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “Even 20 years after September 11, 2001, we strive to find hope in moments of hopelessness that still haunt us — let this memorial provide all of us here in Babylon Town with a daily reminder to take nothing for granted.”
In addition to the reading of the names, speakers led the crowd in prayer and the Suffolk County Police Department did a flyover to honor the victims.
Those first responders who aided in relief efforts at Ground Zero and suffered from 9/11-related illnesses were also recognized.
“20 years is a long time, and as most people say, it seems like yesterday,” said Ben Lambertson of North Amityville Fire Co. “This morning when I walked out my door, the sky was exactly the same as it was that morning, it was a little bit of an eery feeling, but here we are today.”
Below are photos from today’s remembrance service.