Cecilia DowdSep 8, 2017, 6:11 pmSep 9, 2017, 8:30 am

Point Lookout Sept. 11 memorial to be unveiled in time for 16th anniversary

Tribute honors those lost on fateful day and those who passed away from 9/11-related illness


Ronnie Gies, a Lt. with the FDNY, was killed on September 11. His son Robert can soon celebrate his father year-round at Town Park Point Lookout, where a permanent 9/11 memorial park is set to be unveiled by the Town of Hempstead. The Town lost 190 residents on September 11th.

“He was a Mets fan, he loved baseball, he loved his kids, he would’ve loved his grandchildren. So to me it's important to spend time with all them and that's what we do... My family sticks together and I don't say that we don't mourn his death but we try to celebrate him more than cry about it,” Robert Gies says.

“It's a beautiful memorial park that you can bring your kids, your neighbors, your nieces, your nephews to. I mean, I talk to my nieces and nephews from the age of two to seven about my father endlessly. It's important that they know who their grandfather was and what he did,” Gies says.

The media was given a preview of the Town of Hempstead memorial that officially opens to the public Monday, Sept. 11.

“This monument includes an elevated walkway with a directional plaque that points to the site where the Twin Towers once stood. The edifice of the walkway features granite memorial plaques with the names of the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, says Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino.

On Sept. 11, 2001, officials say only one tree survived the attacks on the World Trade Center. It was a pear tree. A tree at the memorial comes from a seedling from that very pear tree that became known as "The Survivor Tree." What's really interesting is that there are trees like the one at the memorial now planted at memorials around the world

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino says for years following the attacks, people continue to come to Town Park to reflect on lost loved ones.

“Sixteen years ago, hundreds of residents gathered here in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks looking west to see the smoke rising from the ashes of the Twin Towers,” Santino says

The memorial doesn't just honor those killed on September 11. It will also honor those who died from 9/11- related illnesses. This not the first park to do so.

FiOS 1 News has covered ceremonies at a park In Suffolk County, the 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park in Nesconset honors those who died of 9/11-related illnesses.

Back to Nassau County, the Point Lookout Memorial contains a metal beam salvaged from the World Trade Center, a viewing bridge and a poem by Walt Whiman.

The 9/11 Memorial Park officially opens on Monday at 7:30 a.m. when the town will hold its annual ceremony to honor those lost.

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