Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11 as residents gathered at the East Northport Fire Department for a memorial ceremony.
The Tights singing group began the ceremony with a performance of the National Anthem followed by a welcome from Chief Joseph Ervin and a prayer by Chaplain William Bootz.A siren sounded to signify the time of the South Tower collapse. Members of the fire department and community then read off the names of the victims. Honorary Chief Joseph York rang the commemorative bell in tribute.
A wreath was placed at the department's 9/11 memorial, which includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.
A flock of doves was released after the Marine Corps League gave a 21 gun salute followed by the performance of Taps by Centerport Fire Department and America the Beautiful performed by the Northport High School Tights.
"Even though it was so long ago, it feels like it was just yesterday. As the years have passed, I’ve listened to so many people speak and talk about 9/11 and there’s one thing that always come out: ‘We must never forget,’" Ervin said.
"We must be sure to teach our children about what happened on that day, and realize and remember all of the brave men and women that we lost. It is a place in history that can never be forgotten," he added.
To cap off the ceremony, a Suffolk County Police helicopter flew overhead.
The East Northport Fire Department will hold another ceremony at 8 p.m. which will include a candle-light vigil.