9/11 Ceremony Set for Saturday in Massapequa

Heather Doyle Massapequa Patch

A memorial service is set for Saturday in Massapequa to honor first responders who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.

Photo via Towers of Freedom Military Monument Facebook

Photo via Towers of Freedom Military Monument Facebook

The ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m., will be held at the Towers of Freedom 9/11 Memorial in John J. Burns Park on Merrick Road.

“We owe a debt of gratitude that we can never repay,” said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. “Many have made the ultimate sacrifice so that the United States would indeed remain the Land of the Free.”

Two post-ceremony events will be held at Johnny McGorey’s and Gannon’s Station Cafe in Massapequa Park at 12 p.m.

The groundbreaking of the monument was held on the 11-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

“The Town of Oyster Bay dedicated the Towers of Freedom Memorial Plaza last year to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives on 9-11 and recognize all branches of the military, NYPD, FDNY, PAPD and other first responders,” Venditto said. “It honors those who gave their lives in the war against terrorism in the years that followed 9-11. I believe the ceremony will also serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made every day by the men and women of law enforcement and emergency services to protect our community.”

Watch video of the groundbreaking ceremony here on Patch.

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