Remembering 9/11 on Patriot Day

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Schools throughout Glen Cove honored the memory of the 2,977 who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and paid tribute to the heroic efforts of the emergency responders and troops who serve to protect our country. Elementary schools held brief ceremonies outdoors in which students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence as flags were flown at half-staff.

At Landing Elementary School, fourth-graders Mia Martinez and Ayana Garcia led the singing of “God Bless America,” flanked by schoolmates holding the Flag of Honor, as the entire student body and faculty surrounded the flagpole. Interim Principal Martin Malone acknowledged the school’s Sept. 11th birthdays and encouraged every child to perform a special act of kindness for someone close to him or her who could use a hand.

At Glen Cove High School and Finley Middle School, announcements were made over the public address system that reinforced the importance of the day. Throughout the day, high school students stopped to admire the special 9/11 memorial display that was created last year by students, faculty and staff members. The memorial consists of two hands holding a piece of an I-beam recovered from the World Trade Center wreckage by the late Officer Peter Curley, who was a first responder at the site 11 years ago.