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The True Spirit of Our City

I want to extend my heartfelt love and gratitude to my dear hometown, the City of Glen Cove.

September 11, 2001: I would have never of thought for one moment that, that would be the last time I would be able to gaze into my husband Edward’s eyes.

The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center changed my life forever. Ed was gone in a blink of an eye and the past ten years have been filled with darkness, pain and heartache.

September 11, 2011: a bright light had come and rested itself upon my dear hometown of Glen Cove. The Tenth Anniversary Commemoration hosted by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove was both glorious and heart wrenching.

A candlelit vigil was held at Morgan Park for the families and our heroes who were taken from us on that tragic day. The “Procession of First Responders,” how honored and proud I was just to be in their very presence. Our “Pledge of Allegiance”, “National Anthem” and “Opening Prayers”… I cry out, "Amen" and "God Bless America!"

The “Remarks and Dedication of the Roads” by Mayor Suozzi will be etched in my heart and soul forever. There were such heartfelt "Reflections of September 11, 2001," and the “Prayer of Gratitude” resonated through the very core of my being. The “Moment of Silence” and “Lighting of Candles” was heaven's blessings upon all who were touched by the pain and trauma of that horrific day. The “Closing Prayers” were filled with love, reverence and fortitude. The playing of “Taps” left me breathless and “God Bless America” says it all.

I wish to express my love and gratitude to the entire 9/11 Commemorative Committee. I also wish to give a special thank you to our Deputy Mayor, Maureen Basdavanos, for she was the one who reached out to me and explained with an angelic manner all about the 9/11 ceremony.

To the Glen Cove City Council, I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God Bless you all for everything you have done to show how much you love and care for your fellow citizens and for those who were lost. I also want to thank you for keeping our city such a wonderful place to live. I have always been, and continue to be, truly honored and blessed to call the City of Glen Cove my home.

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Elena DiMarco September 14, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Hi Joanne, thank you for sharing these wonderful, heartfelt words with the Patch community. All the best, Elena.
Flossie September 14, 2011 at 11:00 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I am glad you are able to find comfort in your community, Glen Cove truly is a wonderful place and your piece makes me proud to live here.
Joanne Lehman September 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Thank you Elena...bless your heart! ~ Joanne
Joanne Lehman September 15, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Thank you Flossie...bless your heart! Yes, Glen Cove is truly a wonderful place to live and thank you for the lovely sentiment about my piece. ~ Joanne

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