2017-03-29 / Front Page

Dedication ceremonies at Towers of Freedom Military Monument in Massapequa

The Towers of Freedom 9/11 Military Monument hosted a dedication today at John Burns Park4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park.

Two custom-made chairs made by Team Hoyt Running Chairs were presented to the sons of retired NYPD Officer Kevin Carroll. The Military Monument committee is also donating a handicap bicycle to the son of FDNY Firefighter Kenneth Haskell, as well as an electric wheelchair to St. Rose of Lima Outreach Program.

Congressman Peter King, Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino and other officials attended as  Freedom Memorial bricks were placed in the walkway of the Memorial in honor of first responders, retired NYPD SgtPeter Meehan and NYC Corrections Officer Michael Banahan.

Two other bricks, one in honor of NYPD DetSteven McDonald and the other to thank Supervisor J. Saladino for his support of the Military Monument, will also be placed down in the walkway.

The widow of Det. McDonald was at the event, as was the father of Det. Brian Moore, of the NYPD who was killed in the line of duty.

Also attending the event was the husband of the late Donna Payton, who was also recognized. She was an EMT and emergency room nurse who died of cancer. "I am sure my wife is with us today and is very proud," said her husband.

Perhaps expressing the thoughts of so many twere the comments made by the brother of Timmy and Tommy Haskell who were killed on 911.  "What is so inspiring is that this memorial represented such tremendous loss, and now it is something that is giving back to so many people today," he said.

 A luncheon followed  at Castaway’s Grill, 1029 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park.

For info., on the Memorial Committee, and its work in the commumnity email 2001MemorialPlaza@gmail.com.

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