The World Trade Center Memorial in Calverton on Sept. 11, 2020. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town will hold a ceremony at World Trade Center Memorial Park in Calverton on Saturday, Sept. 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Town officials will hold a brief memorial service and lay a wreath to honor the memory of the heroes and victims of the attacks starting at 10 a.m..

“The World Trade Center Memorial Park was created as a tribute to those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” the supervisor’s office said today in a press release. “This year’s commemoration will be particularly meaningful since it is the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 2,977 men, women and children at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and a farm near Shanksville, Pa.”

The World Trade Center Memorial was conceived and designed by Calverton resident Hal Lindstrom, who raised nearly$50,000 in cash and an equal amount in donations of materials and in-kind services to make his plan a reality.

“I thought that people needed a place to come to, where they could sit and reflect, meditate or pray,” Lindstrom said in an interview at the park on Sept. 11, 2019. “I knew I had to do this.” See: ‘A place for reflection’: World Trade Center memorial in Calverton grew out of one man’s vision in the months following terror attack (Sept. 11, 2019º

The memorial consists of two large circular structures made of stone and bricks, symbolizing the Twin Towers. They are surrounded by a manicured lawn, shade trees and other plantings. In the center is a granite monument that bears a bronze plaque with a simple inscription: “World Trade Center Memorial: In memory of those who perished and served at the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.” The boulder was donated by the builder who constructed the site, Owen Brothers Construction. Photographs of victims killed in World Trade Center attack are encased in plexiglass case standing behind a piece of steel from the World Trade Center itself.

The World Trade Center Memorial Park is located at the corner of Edwards and Riley avenues in Calverton. It was dedicated in September 2002, shortly after the one-year anniversary of the attack.

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