Last Wednesday, residents from the City of Glen Cove arrived at Pratt Park to remember those who lost their lives in the terror attacks 18 years ago on September 11, 2001. In attendance was Mayor Timothy Tenke, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Councilmembers Pam Panzenback, Joseph Cappabianco, Kevin Maccarone, Marsha Silverman and Nicholas DiLeo. A color guard presentation was provided by the Glen Cove Police Department, fire department, auxiliary police and Harbor patrol.
Boy Scouts from Troop 6 began the commemorative ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance. Casey Hill, a junior from Glen Cove High School sang the National Anthem and Reverend Roger Williams from the First Baptist Church began an opening prayer.
“We come tonight to recognize those souls and bodies that were sacrificed, that were given so that other lives may live,” Williams said. “We look upon the families who have been left without those loved ones, but still hold firmly the love in their hearts for them. We pray for their strength tonight, for their peace and their joy, even in this remembrance that may sometimes be somber.”
Tenke began his remarks with the mention of the four residents of Glen Cove who lost their lives on 9/11.
“Today is a day of remembrance, it’s a day to reflect,” Tenke said. “Some of us responded to the terror attacks with fear and anger, as well as a growing intolerance for immigrants or people who look, speak or pray differently than us. We need to remember and learn from that day, we can’t allow hate [and] intolerance to creep into our lives just because there are hateful and intolerant people in this world. That’s not what Americans do.”
The 9/11 monument was donated by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. The monument was installed in Pratt Park in 2013 and reads, “Remembering those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Dedicated to our firefighters who protect us everyday.”
“This monument stands tall as a beacon of gratitude and tribute to our fallen heroes,” Tenke said. “I want to recognize and extend my gratitude to all of our city’s first responders, many of whom responded to the call that day.”
Leglislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton stressed to the audience the need to remember 9/11, but also the day afterwards because following the attacks, Sept. 12 became a day of unity across the country.
“That unity is something we have to hold on to even though sometimes it is hard,” DeRiggi-Whitton said. “I really like the idea of remembering Sept. 12, which is what America is all about.”
Tenke then invited the family members to come up and place the wreath in front of the 9/11 monument. The names of the four residents were read aloud and a bell rang for each one. The city commemorated Edward J. Lehman, Matthew T. McDermott, John F. Puckett and Joseph J. Zuccala who all died during the terror attacks. Following the announcement of the names, Robert Lynch performed “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.
“If you recall the days after 9/11 how many American flags you saw on those days flying everywhere throughout this country and how proud it made us feel to be Americans and what we stand for,” Tenke said. “We have to say that we will always remember and that we will pray and stand by all those people that were affected by such an event.”
Pastor Travis Yee gave the closing prayer. Yee concluded his prayer by stating, “Bless all of us here in Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and everyone here on the North Shore.”
The ceremony concluded with Lynch performing “God Bless America” on the bagpipes.