Communities throughout the South Fork paid tribute Wednesday to those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Hampton Bays American Legion Hand Aldrich Post hosted a memorial walk, which was led by the legion’s color guard. It proceeded from the post’s hall on Ponquogue Avenue to Hampton Bays Middle School, where Post Commander Richard Steiber delivered a speech in front of the 9/11 memorial on the school’s front lawn.
More than two dozen community members attended the ceremony, which was capped off by a Hampton Bays High School senior playing “Taps” on the trumpet.
In East Hampton Village, firefighters and local officials gathered on the Hook Mill green to commemorate those who were lost in the terrorist attacks 12 years ago. Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Reverend Steven Howarth of the Amagansett Presbyterian Church offered a few words, joined by representatives of a number of fire departments in formal dress as well as other members of the community. An enormous American flag was suspended between two firetrucks.
In North Sea, members of the North Sea Community Association came together on Wednesday morning for a moment of silence and prayer and to lower the flag to half staff in honor of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.