How Baldwin never forgot September 11 | Herald Community Newspapers


As we approach the 20e anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and American Airlines Flight 11, it is important to remember the words of Al Ficarola, commander of American Post 246: “The death of our 3,000 innocent people has affected tens of thousands of families. , friends and colleagues… We will never forget.

The Baldwinites have never forgotten, for over the years they have honored loved ones lost on that fateful day, including those who left a mark on Baldwin, through ceremonies, plaques, conversations and d ‘education.

For nearly two decades, Baldwin American Legion Post 246 has hosted a memorial at Legion Hall, where attendees receive a motorcycle escort to Freeport for a waterfront service at Miss Freeport, after which the boat sets the sails.

In 2014, more than twenty motorcycles took part in the event, with the help of a police escort. After the ceremony, the crowd of around 60 boarded the Miss Freeport, where the names of the deceased were read aloud and flowers were thrown into the water.

In 2015, it was raining so hard that only a six-bike caravan was present that year, and it was not known throughout the ceremony whether the ship would be able to sail. Among those mourning was a mother Baldwin. Gold Star, Emily Toro, whose son, Army Pvt. Isaac Cortes, was killed in action in 2007 in Iraq. “It is important to know the sacrifice our children make,” she said.

Likewise, Baldwin resident Alan Arias, along with more than 100 of his peers from the New York City Fireriders Motorcycle Club, traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a three-mile procession to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and commemorate the 9/11 dead.

For the past 20 years, the community of Baldwin has come and worked together to honor those who have died in name and plaque change ceremonies to ensure that the memory of the victims is set in stone.

On April 5, 2003, Tennyson Avenue was renamed Brian McAleese Place in honor of the 36-year-old New York firefighter and father of four who died on September 11 while trying to save people after the World Trade Center attacks. Nearly 100 people attended the unveiling ceremony of the sign bearing his name.

In an interview in 2001, his widow, Dawn McAleese, told the Herald from home: “He loved being a firefighter… He said, ‘When we go to work we don’t know if we’re coming home tonight- the. ‘She added:’ He was definitely a family man. He called the children every day before going to work.

The Town of Hempstead unveiled a memorial at Point Lookout Park in 2016 to mark the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In the park, there is a meditation square with a memorial table, a granite wall, a 30-foot steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and a directional plaque indicating the distance to zero point in the Lower Manhattan.

The granite wall bears the names of those killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. And it’s been updated every year to include the names of those who died of 9/11-related illnesses.

Students in Meredith Healy-Kurz’s Art 2 class at Baldwin High School class also found a way to honor those who perished on September 11, 2011 by creating a mural outside their classroom that depicts a firefighter with his face buried in his hands surrounded by the fallen towers at sunset.

Healy-Kurz said: “It took a few years to be able to discuss the events of September 11 with [the students], but it is imperative that they understand and remember the brave men and women who lost their lives that day.

The Baldwin School District also took on 9/11 education by introducing lessons early in student careers in 2016, including books for each year on the day and its aftermath. They also observed a moment of silence during the morning announcements, after which the students shared their thoughts on the tragedy.

“Our school-aged children were not even born when this tragedy struck our country,” said Baldwin’s Superintendent Dr Shari Camhi. “So it is important for them to know and understand the significance of this event and to remember and commemorate this day in our history.”

2021, however, has been a difficult year to put together and remember September 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nassau County held a socially distant and masked ceremony to remember the 348 Nassau residents who died on September 11, which only a few attended at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, where family members of victims read all the names aloud.

The winner of this 19e Birthday was Luis G. Alvarez, 43, a New York Bomb Squad detective from Oceanside who worked at Ground Zero. He died on June 29, 2019 of complications from cancer caused by his contact with 9/11 debris, just weeks after testimony in Congress extended 9/11.e Victims Compensation Fund.


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