World Trade Center artifact displayed in Manorhaven

Sameer Nanda, Staff Writer

In 2001, George W.  Bush stated, “Time is passing.  Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th.  We will remember every rescuer who died in honor.  We will remember every family that lives in grief.  We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

The attacks that occured on Sept. 11 unleashed devastating effects on the United States and the Port Washington community, but they also prompted the organization of events intended to honor and remember those who lost their lives.

On Sept. 11, 2013, the Manorhaven Village Club conducted a ceremony to pay tribute to the lives lost in the tragic event.  At the event, officials unveiled an artifact of 9/11 history.

At the ceremony, Port Washington residents Mr. Ron Kaslow and Mr. John Chalker, who were both New York City first responders, unveiled a 100 pound steel beam from the remains of the World Trade Center. Mayor Giovanna Giunta and Deputy Village Clerk Sharon Natalie, procured the object through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has been offering organizations 9/11 artifacts to be put on display.

“9/11 is seared into our hearts, minds, and spirit individually and as a nation.  The unfathomable tragedy of that day along with the incredible acts of heroism will forever mark and bind our nation together. Manorhaven was personally touched by both,” said Mayor Giunta.  “Last year, we built and dedicated a Memorial walkway at Village Hall.  This year we were privileged to receive a part of 9/11 history.”

The object is displayed in an archival cabinet designed by Mr. Steven Blasucci, the owner of Port Plumbing and Heating. Over one hundred Port Washington residents, as well as Senator Jack Martins, attended the event.  “At times the ceremony was somber; however, at other points, it was a clear representation of American patriotism with gun salutes and patriotic songs,” said Deputy Clerk Natalie.  “A truly touching gesture was when every person attending placed a red carnation before the artifact as a sign of commemoration.  Overall, the event embodied a true sense of community fellowship.”

Many people took pride in the honor bestowed upon Manorhaven. “Manorhaven was touched by the tragedy,” said Ms. Natalie. “There were many members of the Manorhaven community who lost their lives or responded to the tragedy.”

However, others frown upon the idea of a precious artifact remaining in Manorhaven.

“While I find it to be somewhat of a prestigious honor for Manorhaven to have possession over this artifact, I don’t think that objects from the 9/11 tragedy should be circulating,” said junior Iliana Ioannides.

“I think that it was important to house the artifact locally,” said junior Laynie Calderwood. “It will be a good reminder, especially to the younger generations that may not fully understand the gravity and horror of the tragedy.”

“It was moving to see Firefighters, Police, EMT, veterans, clergy and dignitaries and residents have all come together today on 9/11 to honor, remember and dedicate this very special artifact to the memory of all those loved ones who lost their lives 12 years ago,” said Mayor Giunta. “This ceremony truly was in remembrance and love.”