The 9/11 SHS Memorial Committee Achievements 2001 – 2012

Seaford 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 SHS Committee has lived up to the commitment made by so many after the terrorist attack on our country “To Never Forget”. On November 22, 2002 the Seaford High School 9/11 Memorial was dedicated to our five alumni and all those who perished on September 11, 2001. With the overwhelming support of the Seaford community our committee has been the inspiration for numerous annual initiatives such as:

 

·Five Patriot Award scholarships have been presented each year since June 2002 to graduating Seaford High School seniors to honor our five lost alumni. To date over $100,000 has been awarded to fifty students.Community service, school service and character are the criteria for selection for this prestigious honor.

·Honorary Patriot Awards have been presented annually to adults who have made significant contributions to our community and, as of June 2012, Honorary Patriot Awards will have been presented to twenty-six deserving individuals.The recipients for 2012 will be John Capano ’78 (posthumously), Susan Ward and Charles J. Wroblewski ’59.

·Since September 2003 at our memorial there has been a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on September 11th.This ceremony is well supported by the Seaford community and the number of attendees has increased each year.On September 11, 2011 over 3,000 attendees, including Congressman Peter T. King, Senator Charles E. Schumer and numerous Nassau County and local officials, attended this ceremony.

·Since June 2003 there have been Patriot Award Dinners to honor the recipients of both the Patriot Awards and Honorary Patriot Awards.This past June over 330 people attended this dignified event and community celebration at the Woodbury Country Club.

·Since 2008, at the annual September 11th Memorial Service, history books recounting the events of September 11, 2001 and books that are devoted to service careers are presented to all four schools in the Seaford School District.

·Since 2009, in recognition of September 11th as a National Day of Commitment to Service, hundreds of community members and students have presented Pledges of Commitment for Community Service’ at our memorial service.Both Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Peter T. King have presented these commitments on the floor of the United States Congress.

·The 9/11 SHS Committee has obtained a World Trade Center artifact that will be added to our memorial.The artifact is a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that will have significant historical symbolism as it is displayed at our existing memorial.The World Trade Center artifact will be embedded in a stone flag, which represents the strength of our democratic values despite the attempts by the forces of terrorism to destroy our society.