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Krista McNallySep 11, 2017, 11:46 pm

Babylon community reflects on dozens who perished during 9/11

Firefighters, friends and family sharing memories of lost loved ones

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Bells chimed throughout the nation on Monday to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks.

And as the sun set on a day that is so painful for New Yorkers, there was a remembrance ceremony at the Babylon Memorial.

"I know that for all of us here today and for all Americans, Sept 11, 2001, forever changed our world," Babylon Town Supervisor Richie Scheffer said.

At the Sept. 11 memorial site in the Town of Babylon, the names and pictures of 48 residents were displayed on a wall.

Firefighters, friends, and families stood together as one to reflect. Like Joy Johnston who lost her son who was a member of the FDNY.

"It’s a hole in our heart that never goes away," Johnston said.

She finds comfort in spending the day with so many people who still feel the pain of that dreadful day.

"It means a whole lot to us," Johnston said.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said people should use the day as motivation to make the world a better place.

"Use 9/11 as a day to move forward in our own daily lives, with our own challenges to do what we can in small and big ways to make this world a better place, to honor them," Bellone said.

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