They came together as they have done for the past 11 years, paying their respects to the lives cut short that fateful September day, consoling their families and reflecting on how the world has changed.
On the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Lynbrook community gathered at the village's beautiful 9/11 memorial, standing in the shadow of the two towering beams of steel recovered from the fallen World Trade Center that now reach toward the sky tall as the Twin Towers once did.
Hundreds of residents, local elected officials, firefighters and families of the victims stood together Tuesday night. Led by local clergymen -- Rev. Msgr. William Breslawski, of Our Lady of Peace Church, and Rabbi Glenn Jacob, of Temple Am Echad -- they prayed together and stood in silence as a bell was tolled to signify the devastating moments that claimed so many lives 11 years ago. One-by-one, white carnations were placed at the 20 stones surrounding the memorial, each one bearing the name of a Lynbrook man, woman and in one case, a Port Authority Police canine, who died in the attacks.
Click on the video above to see a recap of the ceremony. Scroll through the gallery to the right for photos.