A recent post here on Long Island Local discussed how Long Island is a living, breathing entity unto itself – much more than simply a bedroom community for New York City, as it is often characterized.
Yesterday, we remembered the tragic events of September 11, 2001. For many, while life has gone on and changed rapidly within these 11 years, we still remember that day in 2001 with the same clarity as we remember yesterday.
Perhaps more than ever, Long Islanders stepped up and got involved in the days following September 11. Firefighters, police officers and EMT’s from all over the island poured into the city to offer help. Doctors, chiropractors and private individuals spent day after day offering services and assistance to those working in the rescue and relief efforts. In Manhasset, Tuesday’s Children was formed to support the families and children affected by this and other acts of terrorism. In 2001, Long Islanders showed the world what we are made of.
I remember watching the coverage in the days following, hearing news of local first responders from friends, family and volunteer firefighters – both those who came home and those who didn’t – and seeing the way our neighbors banded together and thinking, “Wow…New York is spectacular.” We were, and we still are.
There is no need to belabor the point here. Today, in 2012, there is not much that has not been said. So very simply, from Long Island Local, we’d like to salute those who were senselessly lost in this tragedy, those who served and gave of themselves, and all those affected. I’ve never found it necessary to use the typical “never forget” because truly – how could we?
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