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East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN wears a face mask with American flag design, at the county Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park commemorating 19th anniversary of September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. (© 2020 Ann Parry, AnnParry.com)

2020 Vision: Nassau County Remembers 9/11

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
September 16, 2020

Nassau County 9/11 Remembrance

Nassau County Eisenhower Park September 11, 2001 Memorial

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. The Nassau County 9/11 Memorial includes a tall metal sculpture representing the Twin Tower (seen at far right), two pieces of beams from the original Twin Towers, and a Survivor Tree. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. The Nassau County 9/11 Memorial includes a tall metal sculpture representing the Twin Tower (seen at far right), two pieces of beams from the original Twin Towers, and a Survivor Tree. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

9/11 Ceremony at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater

VIDEO  – Greg Hoffman during Reading of Names :

During the Reading of Names of the 348 Nassau County residents who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2002, each speaker ended by sharing about the loved one lost. Greg Hoffman was one of those readers (from above video):

“For my identical twin brother, Stephen Gerard Hoffman: It’s been 19 years, Steve, when you took Madeline to kindergarten. She’s a teacher now. She’s 24, and she’s beautiful. You’d be so proud of her

“One thing special about, unique about, September 11 is that the day of terror doesn’t end.
This January we buried a young man, Jim Bass. He was NYPD.
Age 30 he went onto the pile
Age 49 he died of the cancer

“May they all rest in peace.

“May God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change
Courage to change the things we can
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. SUSAN HUTCHINS, at far left podium, holds up photo of her son Kevin Colbert, who died after a plane hit South Tower on September 11, 2001. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN sits at far right, as county commemorated 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park.

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. SUSAN HUTCHINS, at far left podium, holds up photo of her son Kevin Colbert, who died after a plane hit South Tower in NYC on September 11, 2001. Nassau County Executive LAURA CURRAN sits at far right, as county commemorated 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. JOEY LABO, 16, of Wantagh, seen from back sitting on stage during 9/11 event, wearing a shirt in memory of his uncle Joseph G. Hunter, a FDNY 288 firefighter who died during the attacks, 9/11/01. Nassau County commemorated 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park, with names read of 348 county residents killed that day. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. JOEY LABO, 16, of Wantagh, seen from back sitting on stage during 9/11 event, wearing a shirt in memory of his uncle Joseph G. Hunter, a FDNY 288 firefighter who died during the attacks, 9/11/01. Nassau County commemorated 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band performs during the county's commemoration of 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band performs during the county’s commemoration of 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

9/11 • 2020

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. At far right, PATRICK J. RYDER, Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, is seated on side of stage as Nassau County commemorates 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. At far right, PATRICK J. RYDER, Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department, is seated on side of stage as Nassau County commemorates 19th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks with Remembrance Ceremony at Eisenhower Park. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

9/11 • 2020

Later at September 11, 2001 Memorial

After the ceremony I walked around the lake to the 9/11 Memorial.

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. At far left, TRICIA DEAN, widow of William T. Dean, of Floral Park, who died during terrorist attack on Twin Towers, sits at Nassau County Eisenhower Park September 11, 2001 Memorial, on bench across from plaque where her husband’s name is listed among 348 county residents killed by the attacks. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

East Meadow, New York, U.S. September 10, 2020. At far left, TRICIA DEAN, widow of William T. Dean, of Floral Park, who died during terrorist attack on Twin Towers, sits at Nassau County Eisenhower Park September 11, 2001 Memorial, on bench across from plaque where her husband’s name is listed among 348 county residents killed by the attacks. (© 2020 Ann Parry/AnnParry.com)

9/11 • 2020


FEATURE PHOTO at top of post : Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. Sept. 10, 2020. Because wearing a face mask is patriotic, & respectful of others, I’ve featured a closeup of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wearing one with an American Flag design at the county’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. ALL PRESENT wore face masks if they couldn’t social distance.


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Merrick, New York, USA. September 11, 2011. Removing American Flag to reveal monument made with steel from World Trade Center, at the Merrick Post #1282 American Legion Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 event are, L to R, Rabbi Paul Kirchner, Father Eric Fasano, Adjutant Robert Tom Riordan PCC; and North Merrick Fire Dept. Ex. Chief Henry Hinrichs, at Merrick Veterans Memorial Park.

To Light a Candle… 9/11

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
September 11, 2017

On each anniversary of September 11, 2001, but not only on each anniversary, I remember the events of that day and how they’ve changed our world.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we were a week or so into the new school year at Grand Avenue Middle School in Bellmore, Long Island. Except for our class computers suddenly losing internet access early that morning, it began as an ordinary Tuesday.

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Sept. 11, 2012 - Merrick, New York, U.S. - LYLA W., 3, and KATE O., 2, helping place 500 Luminary Bags (votive candle in each bag will be lit at dark) in front of 215 Wenshaw Park homes, on 11th Anniversary of 9/11, by Wenshaw Park Civic Association (WPCA), Long Island, with over $500 already raised for Twin Towers Orphan Fund. (Ann Parry/-)

Merrick, NY, USA. Sept. 11, 2012.  LYLA W., 3, and KATE O., 2, help place 500 luminary bags (votive candle in each bag will be lit at dark) in front of 215 Wenshaw Park homes, by Wenshaw Park Civic Association, Long Island, to raise funds for Twin Towers Orphan Fund.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Then, as students passed from one class to another, a few of my writing students came in announcing news they’d heard on the radio in art class: “Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers!”

“What?!” I said. “Well… one plane might have that sort of accident, but not two – the same day. Someone must’ve heard the info wrong.”

But, over the loudspeaker later that morning, our principal, Fino Celano, gave us the news – calmly, solemnly – of the terrorist attacks on Manhattan’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon… then the plane crash in the Pennsylvania field. No one had heard the info wrong.

East Meadow, New York, U.S. March 31, 2012. Back row L-R, Firefighter RAY PFEIFER and Congressman PETE KING (Rep. - NY02), and, front row, son TERRENCE PFEIFER, daughter TAYLOR PFEIFER, and wife CARYN PFEIFER, pose for photo at fundraiser for Ray Pfeifer, an FDNY firefighter battling cancer after months of recovery efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11 2001 Twin Towers attack. Benefit was held at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

East Meadow, NY, U.S. March 31, 2012. Back row L-R, Firefighter RAY PFEIFER and Congressman PETE KING (Rep. – NY02), and, front row, son TERRENCE PFEIFER, daughter TAYLOR PFEIFER, and wife CARYN PFEIFER, pose for photo at fundraiser for Ray Pfeifer, an FDNY firefighter battling cancer after months of recovery efforts at Ground Zero following 9/11 2001 Twin Towers attack. Benefit was held at East Meadow Firefighters Benevolent Hall. © 2012 (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

When I got home from school that afternoon, the tile floors our construction workers had ripped up from the kitchen and surrounding rooms the day before were more scattered than stacked. We were replacing our radiant in-floor heating, and the ground floor looked “like a bomb went off” – though I felt guilty even having that thought.

So the night of September 11, 2001, my husband Len, my older daughter Sue and I ate dinner at a local cafe.

Throughout the meal we watched the news coverage of the attacks on the TV up in the corner, and whispered “Nightmare… surreal… oh my god….”

Manhattan, NY, USA. March 17, 2009. FDNY firefighter LUKE ALLEN wears in his hat a card with photo of his older brother firefighter RICHARD D. ALLEN, one of 343 FDNY firefighters killed responding to terrorist attacks on Twin Towers 9/11. (© 2009 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Manhattan, NY, USA. March 17, 2009. Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade, FDNY firefighter LUKE ALLEN displays on his hat a photo of his older brother firefighter RICHARD D. ALLEN, one of 343 FDNY firefighters killed responding to terrorist attacks on Twin Towers Sept. 11, 2001. (© 2009 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

My younger daughter Laurie was at college in Westchester. During one of our calls later that week, I told her I wanted to get her a cell phone, especially because of her trips between college and home.

Though she didn’t think she needed one, by the end of the call she understood that her mom really needed her to have one.

Bellmore, New York, USA. 11th September 2015. L-R, Bellmore Fire Dept. Chief DANIEL HOLL, Pastor and Chaplain JAMES BARNUM, 1st Deputy VINCENT MONTERA, 2nd Deputy TOM STOERGEN, and Chaplain DENNIS RICH stand next to a monument that's a piece of structural steel from the Twin Towers, during the Bellmore Memorial Ceremony for 3 Bellmore volunteer firefighters and 7 residents who died due to 9/11 NYC terrorist attacks. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Bellmore, New York, USA. 11th September 2015. L-R, Bellmore Fire Dept. Chief DANIEL HOLL, Pastor and Chaplain JAMES BARNUM, 1st Deputy VINCENT MONTERA, 2nd Deputy TOM STOERGEN, and Chaplain DENNIS RICH stand next to a monument that’s a piece of structural steel from the Twin Towers, during the Bellmore Memorial Ceremony for 3 Bellmore volunteer firefighters and 7 residents who died due to 9/11 NYC terrorist attacks. Elevated platform of Bellmore LIRR Station is in background. (© 2015 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Our neighbors across the street lost their son who worked in the Twin Towers.

A Grand Avenue coworker lost her first responder firefighter husband, and two of our students lost their fathers.

During lunch period, a fellow teacher told us how ever since 9/11 he was having nightmares about being trapped underground.

And American flags multiplied everywhere, and so did patience and kindness. I didn’t notice a car horn honking for at least a year.

And we also had color-coded terrorism threat advisories….

Manhattan, NY, USA - January 9, 2012: Movie poster

Manhattan, NY, USA.  January 9, 2012. Movie poster EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE is displayed lit at night over Penn Station subway entrance with Empire State Building in background. Fictional movie is set at time of 9/11 terrorist attacks on Twin Towers in NYC. (© 2012 Ann E Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Since 2001 our country and many others continue to have terror threat alerts — for events, buildings, airlines & metros, cities…. 

And I do feel a bit reckless, a tiny bit brave, heading to Manhattan when a terror alert’s been issued.

North Bellmore Fire Department 9/11 remembrance ceremony and unveiling of two pieces of steel from World Trade Center added to existing 9/11 monument, North Bellmore, New York, USA, on September 10, 2011. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Bellmore, NY, USA. Sept. 10, 2011. North Bellmore Fire Department 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and unveiling of two pieces of steel from World Trade Center added to existing 9/11 monument. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

My young grandson and younger granddaughter, along with all children, can only imagine the world before 9/11/2001 through images and stories that grow older as they do.

And I can barely begin to imagine the feelings and pain of those killed, injured, struck with cancer, and of those who lost loved ones, due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Removing American Flag to reveal monument made with steel from World Trade Center, at the Merrick Post #1282 American Legion Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 ceremony, are (left to right) Rabbi Paul Kirchner, Father Eric Fasano, Adjutant Robert Tom Riordan PCC, and North Merrick Fire Dept. Ex. Chief Henry Hinrichs, at Merrick Veterans Memorial Park, Merrick, New York, USA, on September 11, 2011.(Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Sept. 11, 2011. Removing American Flag to reveal monument made with steel from World Trade Center, at Merrick Post #1282 American Legion 10th Anniversary of 9/11 ceremony, are (L-R) Rabbi PAUL KIRCHNER; Father ERIC FASANO; Adjutant ROBERT TOM RIORDAN, PCC; and North Merrick Fire Dept. Ex. Chief HENRY HINRICHS at Merrick Veterans Memorial Park. (© 2011 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

With gratitude to the first responders and other 9/11 heroes – and with hope – I can never forget.    – Ann

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”  – Chinese Proverb

East Meadow, New York, USA. Summer 2017. Four birds fly over Twin Towers sculpture monument at Eisenhower Park 9/11 Monument section. (Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

East Meadow, NY, USA. Sept. 10, 2017. Four birds fly over Twin Towers steel sculpture at Eisenhower Park 9/11 Monument. (© 2017 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)


UPDATE   July 30, 2019: Head of the U.S. Executive Branch signed bi-partisan 9/11 Victim Compensation bill: “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.”


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