As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 rapidly approaches, the Melville Fire Department is planning a special memorial tribute to the 43 residents within the Town of Huntington whose lives were taken on Sept. 11.
The fire department will honor the victims of the World Trade Center attacks by with the names of the victims during a service at the World Trade Center Monument at the department’s sub station located at the corner of Old Country Road and New York Avenue in Melville on Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Carl Peyser, who serves on the department's 9/11 committee said that that the idea for the service is unique because it not only honors the firefighters who lost their lives that day, but all of the victims from the town including those who worked within the World Trade Center.
The department is inviting the entire town to come down and participate in the ceremony which will include a formal reading of the names of 43 residents who perished that day and words from a local rabbi and priest. Choirs from both and will also perform.
“We really wanted to make this a community thing. This is for them,” Peyser said.
The service will include a reading of the victim’s names by several members of the Melville Fire Department including volunteer firefighters and Peyser who were both at the World Trade that day and lived to tell their stories of survival.
There will be two moments of silence at the time of the first and second strike on the World Trade Center to remember the individuals the town lost that day, including Dix Hills volunteer Fire Chief
Planning to be in attendance that day are Assemblyman John Flanagan, a representative of U.S. Rep. Steve Israel’s office and members of the Huntington Town Board.
For more information about the service, contact Melville Fire Chief Robert Warren at 423-2635.