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WTC beam secured for Hempstead memorial

Hempstead Town has secured a 30-foot beam from the World Trade Center that will be the centerpiece of what the town is calling Long Island’s largest memorial program to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

The seaside memorial ceremony will be on the beach at Point Lookout Town Park, on Lido Boulevard, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 11. The service will include speeches by family members of victims, reflections by clergy, a dove release and a Gregorian choir, officials said.

The beam will be suspended over a reflecting pool that will have a pedestrian bridge. People attending the ceremony will be invited to cross the bridge and cast white carnations into the pool.

Town officials will also invite residents to offer comments via Facebook regarding where a permanent home for the beam should be.

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