With the rededicated memorial site serving as the focal point, students and staff from Park Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District gathered on the front lawn shortly after the school day began on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Boy Scout Nicholas Carrano, a 2016 Park Avenue graduate and current student at Wellington C. Mepham High School, overhauled the 9/11 memorial garden for his Eagle Scout community service project. During the summer, Nicholas and his volunteers built a stone ring around a tree, that contains a memorial plaque, a peace pole with the word “peace” in 12 different languages, and plants and flowers. He traveled from nearby Mepham High School to attend the ceremony.
During the ceremony, custodian Tom Clare taught sixth graders Isabelle Crocenzi and Dylan Tuccitto how to raise the American flag on the school’s flagpole, and also how to lower it to half-staff. All students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang the national anthem and “Proud to Be an American,” and observed a moment of silence.
“On Sept. 11, Patriot Day, we come together as a school community to honor all of those past, present and future servicemen and women, and first responders such as firefighters and police officers,” Principal Eileen Speidel said. “We thank them for their service and for protecting us and for being willing to give their lives for us.”
She additionally thanked Nicholas for his hard work in redesigning the memorial garden, and noted to the elementary students that is the model of good citizenship.