Patchogue Village officials and local veterans groups will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance Wednesday at the village’s new Sept. 11, 2001, memorial park on the Great South Bay.
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer, color guard detail, an introduction of honored guests and opening remarks by Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri.
Dave Rogers, CMDR Post 2913 and Suffolk County Council VFW, and a first Responder at Sept. 11 with the National Guard, will then address those gathered.
Rogers’ words will be followed by remarks from John Piorkowski, AMVETS Post 111, and comments from Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and other dignitaries before a presentation of the wreath, firing detail, taps, retirement of colors and a closing prayer.
Last Sept. 11 marked the first year the memorial was available for use.
The village was able to build the park using part of a $5 million donation it received in 2015 from an anonymous benefactor for a village-wide parks overhaul.
It was developed on Sandy-damaged land acquired through the state, and features new grass, a stone walkway that leads into the circular memorial to a three-story flag pole, flowers and shrubs, and four memorial monuments mounted to boulders (photos below).
There’s also a paved walking path that encircles the boulders and monuments, one each dedicated to terror victims Eric Adam Stahlman, Alfred Russell Maler and FDNY Lt. Michael Healey. Stahlman and Maler both worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and lived in Patchogue.
There’s a fourth monument dedicated to all those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania 17 years ago.
The park is located on Maiden Lane at the end of Cedar Avenue and is open from dawn to dusk (map below).
After the ceremony, Rogers will be the keynote speaker at St. Joseph’s College changing of the flag ceremony at 12:40 p.m.
Top photo: The Sept. 11 memorial in Patchogue. (file/2018)