2017-09-06 / Front Page

9/11 ceremonies held at Towers of Freedom Military Monument

More than 200 attend event this morning

Retired NYPD Tom Smith presents flag to the widow of P.O.James  Kennelly who died of 9/11-related illness.
Photo by Ed CoxRetired NYPD Tom Smith presents flag to the widow of P.O.James Kennelly who died of 9/11-related illness. Photo by Ed Cox

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017: The Towers of Freedom Military Monument committee held a 9/11 ceremony this morning honoring P.O. James Kennelly of Massapequa who died of 9/11 related illnesses this year. At the event were his wife and family who accepted a flag that flew over the Twin Towers site.

Tom Smith, NYPD, retired, talked about the importance of the T of FMM, saying it was a place where people could gather together or go alone knowing always that the memory of those who died that died—victims and first responders—would always be with them. “You are never here alone,” he said.

The Pledge of Allegiance was residents by Aiden Smith, Patrick West and Timothy Haskell youngsters whose families lost family and friends that day 16 years ago.

Father Ken of St. Rose of Lima gave the blessing. At 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plain struck one of the two towers, the ceremonial bell was run, followed by a moment of silence. At 9:03, when the second plane struck, the second bell was rung. There was a helicopter fly over and rose petals were dropped on the site.

Following that, residents made their way to the center of the memorial to place flowers.

 For more information on the Towers of Freedom Military  Monument, go to www.towersoffreedom.com

Flowers are dropped over the site of the Towers of Freedom Military Monument at this morning's service.
Photo by Ed CoxFlowers are dropped over the site of the Towers of Freedom Military Monument at this morning's service. Photo by Ed Cox

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