Logan CrawfordAug 28, 2017, 6:26 pmAug 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Permanent Point Lookout 9/11 memorial to be unveiled in 2 weeks

Construction is almost done on the new structure

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It will be the first permanent monument in the Town of Hempstead to remember those who lost their lives nearly 16 years ago.

"So many people come to this beach each year to remember what happened that day, and now there's something permanent that will be here forever even when we're gone," said Mary Ann McCarrick of Floral Park.

Officials broke ground on the memorial in February on the spot where many people came to watch the Twin Towers fall on September 11, 2001.

Town Supervisor Anthony Santino was joined by family members of 9/11 victims during the groundbreaking.

The 42,000 square-foot memorial is a park with a viewing bridge, in the middle is a steel beam from the wreckage of the Twin Towers, and a directional plaque pointing to where the buildings once stood.

Victims' names will be carved on the walls.

"It has everything it could need. It's going to be a beautiful place for a bunch of people to get together and really just enjoy it," Sadie Ilson of East Meadow said.

The memorial's unveiling ceremony will take place at 7:30 in the morning on Sept. 11 at Town Park in Point Lookout.

Officials say guests will hear remarks from family members of 9/11 victims.

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