It was sunny and warm on Wednesday, but there was a slight breeze, too, that made the American flag furl in the pre-dusk sky. The annual Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony in Oyster Bay was heartfelt, sprinkled with hometown moments that included patriotic music by the Oyster Bay Community Band, somber local veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance and scouts of all ages placing roses and miniature flags next to the plaques bearing the names of the local victims.
Everyone had gathered at the western waterfront of Theodore Roosevelt Park to honor the 23 local people who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Their photos served as reminders of how much was lost when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. They probably took the Long Island Rail Road that morning, Sen. Jim Gaughran said, after pausing to wait for the noise of a passing train to subside. But they never came home.
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