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Locust Valley Will Never Forget

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Throughout the Locust Valley Central School District, students and staff remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, including a moment of silence at each of the schools.

Locust Valley Middle School/High School held a ceremony to pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11 and honor the heroes that emerged to help. Organized by Bryan Sarandrea, coordinator for social studies and business, K-12, the ceremony began in the high school office, where senior Hans Kiessling, student government president, read an announcement prior to a moment of silence. 

“As this day brings us sorrow over the loss of our loved ones, it also provides a true testament to the power of the American spirit,” he said. “No other day in modern American history has brought us together as much as 9-11 has. We must never forget this infamous day, as it proves that we, as one American people, are unbreakable.”

Following the schoolwide moment of silence, a wreath ceremony was held in front of the school at the flagpole. Mr. Sarandrea spoke of the thousands lives that were lost during the terrorist attacks on that infamous day. “We think of the selflessness, the successes, the families and the potential for greatness that was lost among many individuals,” he said.

Senior Lauren Spampinato, president of the Back the Blue Club, addressed the crowd on behalf of the club to honor those that served as first responders on 9-11. “We would like to express our gratitude to those that gave up their lives for us on that tragic day,” she said. “Their courageous actions have touched our lives and will live on in our hearts.”

Hans and eighth grader Kieran Moran placed a wreath in front of the flagpole and shared words of remembrance. “We remember survivors whose experiences we cannot being to comprehend,” Kieran said. “We remember all the lives lost in the most devastating attack on American soil.”

The ceremony closed with senior Jeremy Mastrodomenico playing taps, bringing appropriate military tradition and emotion to the event.

A video of the entire ceremony can be viewed on the district's Facebook page and Instagram account.