Plainview residents reflected on a dark day in U.S. history at the dedication ceremony on Sunday.
A throng of more than 100 people gathered at the memorial alongside members of the Nassau County Police Department Second Precinct, Plainview Fire Department, American Legion Post 1812, Boy Scout Troop 170, Plainview students, local politicians, and community leaders to honor those affected by the September 11 attacks. Nearly 3,000 lives, including those of at least three people who called Plainview home, were lost.
During the ceremony, The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community and the Town of Oyster Bay unveiled a two-foot long fragment of from the World Trade Center wreckage ensconced on a stone pillar.
The Concerned Citizens and the Town worked together over the past year and a half to obtain the artifact, which sits at the center of the memorial garden, through the Port Authority.
"There was a strong drive not only to honor the individuals lost, but to keep the memory fresh in our minds so we won't skip a beat and never let our guard down," said Concerned Citizens President Carol Menschkow. "It was great to see the community come together for this important event."