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Ceremony to honor Oyster Bay Town’s 9/11 victims

TOBAY Beach is pictured Sunday morning. (June 24,

TOBAY Beach is pictured Sunday morning. (June 24, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Barry Sloan

Oyster Bay Town’s residents will gather at Tobay Beach’s memorial monument tomorrow at 7 p.m. to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.

For the first time since the memorial was built in 2005, family members of victims who lived in the town will read the names of their loved ones during the ceremony. There are 90 names inscribed on the memorial wall, but town officials said the number of victims from the town might be higher.

Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said it is important to honor the town’s deceased.

“What makes our memorial so meaningful is that it’s personal,” Venditto said of the ceremony. “The men and women whose names are on the wall were our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues. They rode their bikes through our streets, swam at our beaches and enjoyed our parks. They lived here.”

The ceremony also will feature a candlelight vigil, music performances and religious readings.

Oyster Bay spokeswoman Marta Kane said the town prefers to have the event a few days before the actual anniversary to allow families of victims to observe the actual day as they see fit, and Friday evening is a time when many people can attend.

The monument also features a steel beam recovered from the Twin Towers and is located on the bay side of Tobay Beach, where there is a direct line of sight to the site of the former World Trade Center.

The site “provides a serene and peaceful surrounding, making it a fitting backdrop for a place of remembrance,” Venditto said.

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