A MESSAGE FROM LINDENHURST MAYOR MICHAEL LAVORATA
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, the Village of Lindenhurst held their “Lindenhurst Remembers” 21st Year Candlelight Memorial Service. Many Village community organizations, members of the Lindenhurst Fire Department, and elected officials came together to pay solemn tribute to those who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to remember those who heroically helped in the rescue recovery efforts that followed at Ground Zero.
This year’s remembrance service included a special dedication in acknowledgment of Former Mayor Lynda Distler, who served as Mayor from 2000-2004. In gratitude for her leadership, vision and dedication to overseeing the planning and construction of the Lindenhurst 9-11 Memorial Garden, the East Gate of the Memorial Garden was dedicated as the “Mayor Lynda Distler Gateway”. In the wake of those devastating days of 9-11-01, Lynda had a vision of constructing a 9-11 Memorial Garden as a place to remember and honor those whose lives were lost, and to provide a sanctuary of peace and reflection for their loves ones, and the community. Today, our 9-11 Memorial Garden is a hidden gem in our Village where you can spend time in prayer and solitude.
Whenever I think about September 11, 2001, I picture First Responders running into burning buildings, putting themselves at risk to save lives. I recall images of courage and humanity. I think of the bravery and selflessness shown that day, and in the many days that followed, by first responders and civilians alike. Every year, as our Lindenhurst Community gathers to remember the dreadful events of that day, I am struck anew with awe and gratitude for all those who rose to the call to serve and protect.
The Village of Lindenhurst lost eight of our neighbors at the World Trade Center that day, and as of today, ten Lindenhurst residents have died from Ground Zero related illness. Lindenhurst Firefighter George “Papa” Oates, who died earlier this year from complications from a Ground Zero related illness, was added to the First Responders Monument located in the 9-11 Memorial Garden. The Lindenhurst Community mourns his loss, and is so grateful for his service.
My final thought is that, if we have learned nothing else from the tragedy of September 11, 2001 and living through the pandemic, it is that life is short, and there is no time for hate.
Once again, I am humbled and proud to serve as your Mayor. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and all the Fall activities Lindenhurst has to offer. May God continue to bless our Lindenhurst Community, and keep us “Lindy Strong”!