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Fire Department to Hold Candlelight Memorial Remembering 9/11 Victims

Setauket Fire Department to hold ceremony Saturday night; other local memorials planned as well.

The Setauket Fire Department is one of several local organizations planning a memorial event to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A candlelight ceremony is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Sept. 11 memorial at Station No. 3 on Nicolls Road in Stony Brook. The event is open to the public and parking is available at the station.

The memorial itself, which was completed in time for the 2003 memorial ceremony, is comprised of a ribbon-shaped pathway encircling a waterfall and a pool of stones and fountains. Steel from the World Trade Center was incorporated into the design of the memorial, which is surrounded by greenery with benches for sitting and reflecting. Chief Brendan Brown will officiate the ceremony, which will feature bagpipes, the presentation of wreaths, the singing of "Amazing Grace" and some thoughts from Rev. Gregory Leonard of Bethel AME Church.

"This is for everybody," said former fire captain Glen Pinkava. "It's not just for Fire Department or EMS. One of the main themes during the construction of the memorial was that everyone was a hero to someone."

Other Local Memorial Events

Port Jefferson. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, a candlelight vigil will be held at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson, sponsored by Vigiano Brothers Lodge #3436 of the Order Sons of Italy in America.

Centereach. The Centereach Fire Department's memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at 9 South Washington Avenue.

Stony Brook University. On Monday, Sept. 13, a noontime ceremony at the outdoor alumni arch will remember alumni and others tied to Stony Brook University who perished on Sept. 11.

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