Photos: East Northport Fire Department 9/11 Memorial

Community members gather on Tuesday, vowing to "Never Forget."

The held their annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Tuesday, vowing to "Never Forget" the thousands that died that day eleven years ago.

The department holds two ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the evening, which includes a candlelight vigil.

"As you can see, we get a big turnout from other departments and members of the community who keep coming," said Chief Michael Tarantino. "We get phone calls every year this time of the year asing if we're having the ceremony. We feel that we owe it to the community to give them a place to come and mourn and reflect."

Related: Long Island Remembers 9/11 

Aside from the sounding of two sirens at the exact times of the towers' collapse, perhaps the most stirring part of the ceremony is the release of 21 white doves.

"Like the doves, their souls soar," said Chaplain Doug Trumpa.


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