Farmingdale Remembers is the Summit's annual observance commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It is held each year at the 9/11 Memorial at the Farmingdale Public Library located at 116 Merritts Road in Farmingdale.
The Summit urges all residents of the community to participate in the brief ceremony to honor and remember those who perished, to pay tribute to those who served so unselfishly in the recovery operation, and to show our continued support for all those who were affected by the events of 9/11/01.
9/11 Memorial Dedication Address Two towers stood like beacons in the night; Two towers stood as symbols of power and might.
A year ago forces struck in an effort to take us apart; Not just the towers, but the people, our spirit, our heart.
The concrete, steel and glass of the towers fell to dust, But amazingly the spirit they stood for, remains strong within us.
Every physical part of those towers is gone, even the foundation But the spirit they stood for galvanized our nation;
The loss of people was hard to accept and understand; We cried, we shook, then as a nation we each held out our hand;
One by one, we cried, family by family, we dried each other’s eyes; Community by community, we knit together to ensure America would rise;
Though our own foundations were shaken, they were not destroyed; We prayed, we stood together, we gave each other our hearts to fill the void;
Heroes arose from every community, from every city, every place, Firemen, police, children, teachers, every warm heart, every friendly face;
Many new “towers” stood up for America, helping us cope and heal, We found that our families, our values, our spirit and heart were real.
Towers of concrete, steel and glass will definitely rise again in our nation, We are just as sure that the sun will shine again on our generation
Tonight as we dedicate this site to the heroes of our community, Let us dedicate ourselves to two new towers of understanding and unity
As we remember those who died, were hurt, and those who rose to the occasion, Let us send out a message that we remain strong as a nation
Knowing that that strength comes not from buildings or towers, But from within the fabric of American communities such as ours.
Written by Tom Sabellico, and read by Dr. Roberta A. Gerold at the dedication of the Farmingdale Remembers monument on September 11, 2002
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