Eleven years ago, New York, Washington DC, Pennsylvania and the United States at large was devastated when Islamic terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
Many Long Beach residents who were impacted have shared their thoughts and stories with Patch about that horrific day. To remember the attacks on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, Patch has compiled a list of events and people that we covered during recent anniversaries:
Long Beach Takes 9/11 Memorial to Sea
Hundreds of people attended the 9/11 Memorial Paddle Out, off National and Edwards beaches, in 2011, when members of the military and the surf club at Long Beach High School, pro surfers, firefighters, police, lifeguards and surfers took out to sea a ceremonial wreath from the prior memorial service that included 9/11 families, FDNY firefighters, sailing teams from United States Naval Academy, West Point and Fordham, and local religious leaders.
Changed by 9/11: Keith Grant
A former newspaper editor in Long Beach recalled how the impact of September 11 inspired him to join the military.
Long Beach Remembers Local 9/11 Casualties
Nassau County Legis. Denise Ford, R-Long Beach, led the annual memorial at the Garden of Remembrance, created at the corner of West Beech Street and Virginia Avenue in 2003, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Residents, firefighters and family members of local people who were killed on 9/11 were in attendance.
9/11 Mother Welcomes News of Bin Laden's Death
Mary Ann Marino remembered her son, Ken, a former Long Beach volunteer firefighter and postal worker killed on 9/11, when she heard the news of Osama Bin Laden's death in May 2011.
VIDEO: Hempstead Town Remembers 10th Anniversary of 9/11
To mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Town of Hempstead performed a special early morning ceremony along the shores of Lido Beach.
Retired Firefighter's Values Reinforced Since 9/11
Rob Carlo, a West End resident and brother of fallen FDNY veteran, Michael Carlo, reflected on the years after the attacks, saying that the summer before the 10th anniversary felt like September.
Mosque Controversy and Positives Highlighted at 9/11 Ceremony
FDNY Cpt. Al Fuentes of Long Beach talked about the positives he took from the terrorist attacks that almost claimed his life, while resident Patricia Bowyer-Klein and others reflected on the controversy over the proposed mosque at Ground Zero at the September 11 Memorial Service at Firemen's Memorial Plaza on West Park Avenue in 2010.
A Painting of Remembrance
Patch visited with artist Clementine Judge at the Long Beach Historical Museum, where she donated her painting "Ground Zero Flag," a depiction of a tattered but waving American flag in the ruins of the World Trade Center.
Finding Solace By The Sea
Several benches on Long Beach's boardwalk serve as memorials for 9/11 families. Patch profiled some of these families that dedicated the benches — with inscripted plaques — to their loved ones killed on that day.
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