A ceremony at the village's 9/11 memorial Wednesday marked the twelfth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
"Twelve times we have marked another September 11th come and gone. Twelve times we have paused in remembrance and in reflection ... For all of us, this is never an easy day. It is especially difficult for the families of the nearly 3,000 innocent who lost their lives," Chief Bill Castoro said. "They were taken from us suddenly and far too soon. No matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together, know this - you will never be alone. Your loved ones will never be forgotten."
Father Anthony Cardone offered the opening and closing prayers.
Candles burned with each name read as firefighters placed roses at the foot of the granite memorial, which has etched on it the names of the 23 Garden City residents lost at the World Trade Center.
For resident Joanne Diamond, the annual ceremony is a beautiful tribute. "You can't stop remembering. People go on with their lives but you can never stop remembering," she said.
Fellow resident Marianne Quinn agreed, saying the program is a "peaceful remembrance."
Garden City Remembers:
Thomas M. Brennan Jonathan Neff Cappello Paul Cascio Michele Coyle-Eulau Laurence Curia Michael L. DiAgostino William J. Dimmling Christopher J. Dunne Paul Eckna Michael Hardy Edwards Robert J. Ferris Peter V. Genco Ryan A. Kohart David Leistman Robert C. McLaughlin Jr. James F. Murphy, IV James R. Ostrowski Durrell Pearsall James G. Smith Eric Thomas Steen John F. Swaine Kevin T. Szocik Stephen K. Tompsett