Of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, nearly 500 were Long Islanders. Almost every firehouse on LI responded to the attacks and many heroes were lost; some are still struggling with illnesses and injuries suffered in the rescue and rebuilding efforts. In many ways, Long Island has a deep connection to the events of that day. Here are some of the numerous events and ceremonies in our area that will pay tribute to those we have lost.
Celebrating the Heroes of September 11 @ Nassau County Firefighters Museum
1 Davis Ave. www.ncfiremuseum.org.
Opens FRI 9.9 at the Annual Badge of Courage Gala, runs through SUN 9.11
Twin Towers Tragedy: 24 Photographs @ Guild Hall
158 Main St. 631-324-0806. www.guildhall.org. Through FRI 9.9
Giving Life for Life Lost: 5-Day LI Blood Drive
The goal of these events is to collect 2,977 pints of blood to represent the number of people lost on 9/11. Through SAT 9.10
Remembrance in Photographs @ Sachem Library
150 Holbrook Rd. www.sachemlibrary.org. Through FRI 9.30
9/11 Memorial Exhibit @ Suffolk County Historical Society
300 W. Main St. 631-727-2881. www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
Featuring rarely seen photographs of the Twin Tower construction and interpretive art works. Through SAT 10.1
9/11 Peace Tree @ Stony Brook University
Nicholls Road. www.stonybrook.edu.
Origami, knotology, snapology, strip folding, lantern and paper sculptures in honor of those who died. Through THU 9.15
Ceremony for Families of the Lost @ Gardens of Remembrance
100 Veterans Memorial Hwy. 6 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ Responders’ Memorial
Gibbs Pond Road & Smithtown Boulevard. 10:30 a.m.
A tree-lined walkway and 60-foot-long black granite wall listing the names of the more than 1,000 recovery workers and first responders who have died.
Rumble at the Ramp: For Our Fallen Angels @ LI MacArthur Airport
100 Arrival Ave. 5 p.m.
Competitions with more than 20 amateur kickboxers. Proceeds go to Babylon’s September 11th Hometown Memorial at Cedar Beach.
Art & Poetry Tribute @ Bald Hill
www.brookhavenarts.com. 2-4 p.m.
Open Ceremony, Color Guard, Moment of Silence, Poetry Reading, The Harbormen Barbershop Chorus
9/11 Memorial Program @ The Church of St. Rosalie
31 E. Montauk Hwy. 8-9 p.m.
Moonlight Memorial Service @ Rotary Park
Candee & Gillette Avenues. 7:30 p.m.
9/11 Candlelight Ceremony @ Commack H.S.
1 Scholar Ln. 6 p.m.
9-11 Sunrise Service @ Town Park
Lido Boulevard. 7:30 a.m.
9/11 Observance @ United Methodist Church
407 Main St. www.farmingdaleumc.org. 1-4 p.m.
9/11: Living as People of Faith in a Fearful World @ Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Rd. Heights. www.templesinairoslyn.com 3:30–6 p.m.
9/11 Community Commemoration @ Mid-Island JCC
45 Manetto Hill Rd. www.miyjcc.org. 10-11:30 a.m.
9/11 Day of Peace and Remembrance @ Heritage Park
County Road 83 & Route 25A. www.msheritagetrust.org. Noon-4 p.m.
9/11 Interfaith Service and Prayer Walk @ First United Methodist Church
2837 Davison St. 4 p.m.
9/11 Service @ Bohemia Fire Department
950 Pearl St. www.bohemiafd.com. 9 a.m.
9/11 Service @ East Northport Fire Department
1 Ninth Ave. www.eastnorthportfd.com. 9 a.m.
9/11 Service @ Temple Beth El
45 Oak St. www.bethelpatchogue.org. 10 a.m.
9/11 Service @ St. James Fire Department
221 Jefferson Ave. 631-584-5799. 1 p.m.
9/11 Northport Remembers @ Northport Memorial Park
Main Street & Bayview Avenue, 2 p.m.
9/11 Plus 10 Service @ First Parish Church
5267 Sound Ave., Riverhead. www.spirit-renewal.com. 10:30 a.m.
Race to Remember 5K @ Bethpage State Park
Polo Field. 9 a.m.
Tunnel to Towers 5K
Literally retrace the footsteps of Stephen Siller, the late FDNY firefighter who died trying to rescue survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center, more than 25,000 people from around the world will gather in NYC to walk a hero’s final steps, including Gary Sinise, Dennis Miller, John Turturro, and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani for The 10th Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk. www.tunneltotowersrun.org