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Commack School District honors 9/11 victims

A New York City police officer salutes the

A New York City police officer salutes the wreath for a fallen comrade during the Commack School District's dedication to the heroes of 9/11 at Commack High School. (Sept. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

Patrick Costello stood past the 911 American flags lining the entrance to Commack High School with fellow members of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps as he talked of his cousin Charles, who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Patrick Costello, 25, was inspired to join the CVAC to honor his fallen cousin and others who were killed during the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

“I wanted to give back,” said Costello, who volunteered to be on call in the event of an emergency during the Commack School District’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. “This is something that goes with you wherever you are in life, and we all love each other and take care of each other.”

Costello joined hundreds of others on the Heroes Memorial Field of Commack High School to honor the heroes of 9/11.

Rep. Steve Israel, state Sen. John Flanagan, retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Anthony Kropp and several others shared their stories on the football field surrounded by memorial wreaths and American flags.

“We are great, we always have been and we always will be,” Israel said of Americans.

William Rayfield was only 6 years old when the World Trade Center was attacked; however, he can picture the day vividly.

“I remember leaving school and going home to my parents watching the news and crying and screaming,” said Rayfield, 16, of Commack, who is a member of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps Youth Squad.

Despite the tragedy of 9/11, Flanagan is confident that Americans will stick together.

“I know we are in good hands because there are thousands of these people [volunteers] helping us every day,” he said.


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