By Janee Law
Those who lost their lives 15 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be remembered through ceremonies and events hosted across the Town of Huntington this weekend.
Huntington 9/11 Heroes Run
(9:30 a.m., Saturday)
The 9/11 Heroes Run 5k + 1M fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. The Huntington event is slated for Saturday and will leave from Mill Dam Road. There is a 10-percent discount for active-duty military or first responders. Proceeds raised for the raise will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation (Travismanion.org). Starting at 9:30 a.m., the 5K individual registration is $30; the 1-mile fun run/walk is for $20; and a family pack of four is $100. Race day registration is also available, but prices may vary.
East Northport Fire Department Blood Drive
(10 a.m., Saturday)
The East Northport Fire Department will be paying tribute to the heroes on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by hosting a blood drive on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Community members can give blood at the East Northport firehouse, located at 1 Ninth Ave. Those who would like to donate must: bring a donor card or identification card; be a minimum of 110-pounds; be 16-75 years of age; and not have gotten a tattoo within the last 12 months. Participants should also eat low-fat foods and drink fluids.
Huntington Manor Fire Department Ceremony
(8 a.m., Sunday)
The Huntington Manor Fire Department will host a ceremony at its 1650 New York Ave. firehouse in Huntington Station. Chief Frank McQuade asked those who wish to attend to arrive by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The ceremony is slated to begin at 8 a.m. The ceremony will include a prayer and a bell toll for those who lost their lives on 9/11. There will also be a candlelight vigil at Peter A. Nelson Park on Oakwood Road in Huntington at 7:30 p.m. Nelson, a former Huntington Manor chief, died while helping rescue civilians at the World Trade Center. For more information, call 631-427-1629.
Melville Honoring of 9/11 Victims
(8:30 a.m., Sunday)
The Melville Fire Department will be hosting a ceremony honoring those Town of Huntington residents who perished 15 years ago on 9/11. Community members can gather this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at the Melville Fire Department’s World Trade Center Monument. The monument is located at substation number 3 at the corner of Old Country Road and New York Avenue. The service will conclude at 9:30 a.m. and the department welcomes the community to lay flowers or remembrances at the monument.
East Northport Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Service (9:45 a.m., Sunday)
The East Northport Fire Department will host a memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor the 3,000 people who lost their lives 15 years ago. There will be a reading of names of those who perished and a 21-gun salute from the Marine Corps League. The ceremony, which will be held at the firehouse, located at 1 Ninth Ave., East Northport, will start at 9:45 a.m. A candlelight vigil will also be held at the department at 8 p.m. near the 9/11-memorial monument. For more information, visit Eastnorthportfd.org.
Town Of Huntington’s Heckscher Park Ceremony
(12 noon, Sunday)
Community members and Huntington officials will gather at Heckscher Park this Sunday to honor Huntington residents who lost their lives on 9/11. The ceremony, located at 164 Main St. in Huntington, will start at 12 p.m. on Sunday, where 43 names of those who perished will be read out loud for those who attend. The Heckscher Museum will also have a special $2 admission for the day.
Commack District To Host A Night of Remembrance
(6:30 p.m., Sunday)
The Commack School District will also be honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 and Commack’s first responders and volunteers with “A Night of Remembrance” candlelight ceremony. All members of the community are invited to the ceremony, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a presentation at the Heroes Memorial Track at Commack High School football field, located at 1 Scholar Lane in Commack. There will be a musical performance by 9/11 memorial players Mimi Juliano, Mark Newman and Joe Zogbi.