On Friday, Sept. 10, Sachem High School North hosted a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Rededication Ceremony to unveil the newly refurbished memorial which honors the lives lost during that tragic day in history and the sacrifices made by first responders.
The touching ceremony began with an opening address from building principal Andrew Larson, followed by heartfelt words from local elected officials Sen. Phil Boyle, Legislator Nick Caracappa, Legislator Anthony Piccirillo and Assemblyman Doug Smith that echoed the importance of remembering the day and fostering a stronger sense of togetherness. Additionally, the ceremony was attended by members of the Ronkonkoma Volunteer Fire Department.
Beginning a new tradition at Sachem High School North, the names of 24 Sachem community members who lost their lives that day were read and 24 flags were flown in front of the school building in remembrance of those individuals.
Concluding the ceremony, members of the Sachem High School North Orchestra played as those in attendance laid roses at the base of the new granite towers that stand at the memorial as a reminder to future generations of students and staff to never forget.