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Huntington Will Never Forget 9/11

America will always remember September 11, 2001. It’s a date that is permanently etched into the country’s memory for the shocking loss of life that occurred that morning and for the many acts of heroism displayed by those responding to the terrorist attacks that shook countries across the world.

Americans who lived through 9/11 will never forget the senseless destruction of life and property and the remarkable courage shown at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight 93, a hijacked plane that fell from the sky and crashed in an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The degree of death and devastation and the utter chaos caused by the 19 terrorists that hijacked four airplanes that infamous morning continues to haunt those who take the time to reflect on it. Nearly 3,000 innocent Americans lost their lives that dark day. Many hearts were pierced, never to be healed despite the passage of 13 years.

The Huntington school community is still saddened by the loss of its six alumni who were killed at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and with the death of former Huntington students who attended elementary school in the district before enrolling at other Long Island high schools to complete their scholastic education.

Several district employees also lost loved ones that terrifying September morning, including a husband, brother and the daughter of a retired teacher. Dozens of community residents were killed in the attacks, too. Many worked for financial service firms based in WTC Towers I and II while others were members of New York City’s uniformed emergency services.

“Most adults remember exactly where they were on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “The events of that day are indelibly etched in our minds. It is important for us to help the next generation continue honoring the fallen and those who continue to serve our country and communities, as well as to recognize the brave and heroic acts performed by so many on that day which represent the true character and resolve of the American people.”

Huntington High School’s lost alumni included Susan Clyne-Dietrich (1977), Dennis Edwards (1984), Michelle Titolo (1985), Michael Desmond McCarthy (1986), Judson Cavalier (1993) and Joe Anchundia (1993). The graduates left behind devastated families and friends who will never recover from their loss.

Source: Public Information Office

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