Commack Will Never Forget – Memorial to be Dedicated on September 11, 2012
The Commack School District will mark the eleventh anniversary of September 11 with the dedication of a permanent 9-11 Memorial. The memorial is located next to the Heroes Memorial Track at Commack High School. A piece of steel acquired last September from the Twin Towers rests atop a granite pedestal, surrounded by walkways inlaid with engraved memorial bricks donated by the community, staff, and others. Four granite benches face the memorial, creating a restful setting to contemplate the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes of 9-11, and the precious lives lost on that tragic day. All the labor and much of the material to construct the memorial was donated by the Gappsi Group, a Long Island home improvement company. “The people at Gappsi are just terrific,” said community relations consultant Debbie Virga. “From the get-go, Guiseppe Abbrancati has been involved in the design and planning of the project. He and his workers have bent over backwards to assist in supplying the beautiful granite, installing it, and making it a true symbol of democracy for our students and community. It’s such a magnificent tribute, and the memorial is a legacy for future generations.” All are welcome to attend the dedication and annual candlelight ceremony on September 11. The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m., on the football field at Commack High School. Local and national dignitaries and religious leader will be in attendance. The Marine Corp League will present a 21 gun salute, and the Commack Fire Department, and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp will participate. High School senior Anthony Funcheon will perform his original song, “You’re Not Alone,” available on iTunes.