Number of Participants: 20
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $676
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Date: September 11, 2021
Deer Park High School’s Patriot Club, led by teacher Laurie Osbern, organized a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the district office on Sept. 10. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, in which Deer Park suffered considerable loss of life. In attendance were family members, first responders and others whose lives were impacted on 9/11.
“Today we are here to fulfill the promise of the mantra, ‘Never forget,’” said Principal Charles Cobb. “We will honor those of the Deer Park community who are no longer with us.”
“For the kids up here who were not born yet, I think it’s very important that we continue to teach about that day and the sacrifice that many of our men and women made, so that we can keep their memory alive,” said Superintendent James Cummings. “I am forever grateful to every service member that lost their lives on that day. As a citizen of the United States, I thank them, I respect them, I honor them. I’m proud to say that I’m an American, that I live in New York and that I work in Deer Park, a community that was hit very hard by 9/11. I thank the kids of Deer Park High School for putting this together. It means so much to the community members whose lives were affected on that day.”
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly was also in attendance, reading aloud the more than a dozen names of each of the Deer Park first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
“Many of these residents had also come through the Deer Park school system, so I’m pretty sure that it’s safe to say that they’re looking down and very grateful for these students for remembering them.”
DP 9-11: Deer Park High School’s Patriot Club, led by teacher Laurie Osbern, organized a 9/11 memorial ceremony at the district office on Sept. 10.
Photos courtesy of Deer Park School District