9/11 memorial in Eisenhower Park draws hundreds
Mangano called 9/11 "a tragic day in American history as our great nation was attacked on its own soil."
"As we prepare to observe a national day of remembrance on September 11, it is with honor that we gather to remember residents who lost their lives that tragic morning, the responders that rendered aid to our fellow citizens and who died, those who suffer from post-9/11 injuries . . . to our brave first responders and our servicemen and women who continue to make sacrifices."
The centerpiece of the 7 p.m. event was the calling of the names of the 349 victims.
Melissa Brengel, 34, of Huntington Station, lost her brother, firefighter Jonathan Lee Ielpi, 29, of Great Neck, when the World Trade Center towers fell. "I think it's important that they keep doing things like this to remind people of what happened when we were attacked," she said.
O'Connell led the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and Becker sang the national anthem. The Nassau County Police Pipes and Drums played "Amazing Grace" while the candles were lit and members of the East Meadow Fire Department presented the color guard.