Middletown Pays Silent Tribute to September 11 Victims

Middletown Public Information Office

 Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens.  Photo by Lee Beaumont

Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens.  Photo by Lee Beaumont

MIDDLETOWN – A silent tribute will be paid to Middletown’s residents who died in the World Trade Center tragedy with a wreath-laying at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens on Thursday, September 11th at 8:46 a.m. The time marks the start of the terrorist attacks 13 years ago when the first plane hit the towers.

Township Committee members as well as representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, American Legion Post 338 and American Legion Post 515 are scheduled to participate.

“At times, silence speaks volumes,” said Mayor Stephanie C. Murray of the commemoration which remains devoid of any words. “Middletown’s 9/11 Tribute enables each of us to have a private moment while still coming together to reflect on the tragedy and loss of the day,”

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9/11 remembrance event to feature Twin Towers survivor Leeky Behrman

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Each anniversary of the September 11 attacks means something a little different to Leeky Behrman, who was on the 61st floor when terrorists flew a plane into her office building.

At first, it was a day to fully feel the emotion and loss.

Leeky Behrman, uncredited

Leeky Behrman, uncredited

“The anniversaries for the first 10 years were the only day I allowed myself to think and feel about it; otherwise, I only focused on the present. Therefore, each anniversary helped me to release the pain,” Behrman said. “The first anniversary was the first time I even acknowledged that it was a tragedy. The second anniversary was the first year that I watched the old news footage and saw the planes hit the building.”

Her fiancé was set to fly out of LaGuardia the morning of the attacks, so after she escaped the collapsing building, her thoughts turned to finding her now husband. Read More »

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Hundreds gather in New Dorp for vigil honoring NYPD officers killed in the line of duty

By Ryan Lavis Staten Island Advance

People hold candles during a community vigil in front of the 122 Precinct stationhouse to remember the 813 NYPD officers killed in the line of duty.(Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

People hold candles during a community vigil in front of the 122 Precinct stationhouse to remember the 813 NYPD officers killed in the line of duty.(Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Retired detective Thomas Kosnik had only one reason for attending a vigil Thursday that honored NYPD officers killed in the line of duty: he wanted to keep the memory alive of his slain colleagues, Det. James Nemorin, and Det. Rodney Andrews, who were executed on Staten Island in 2003 during an undercover operation gone wrong.

“I’m here to remember these guys I worked with — they were brilliant undercovers, and I don’t want them to be forgotten,” Kosnik said, holding a memorial poster showing the faces of his fallen colleagues.

Kosnik was one of roughly 300 community members who gathered for the vigil held outside the 122nd Police Precinct stationhouse in New Dorp Thursday evening.

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