Hundreds of Commack residents gathered on Tuesday night to remember those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and make sure their lives are never forgotten.
Commack School District hosted its annual 9-11 candlelight ceremony on the high school track, remembering and paying tribute to those who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
The highlight of this year's ceremony was the unveiling of a permanent 9-11 memorial featuring a piece of World Trade Center steel, that is engraved with the names of six Commack residents and alumni killed in the attacks.
A committee of 15 students, alumni, school officials and volunteers worked together for more than a year to see the memorial come to fruition.
The pathway leading up to the memorial was made of engraved paving stones that had names of those killed in the attacks, Commack families, and local non-profit organizations' names lead up to the monument.
The monument is a marble pillar surrounded engraved with a description of the monument and the names of those killed on Sept. 11, on top of which sits the World Trade Center steel. The four emblems of different first responder, fire and police emblems at its base.
Wreaths by the families of those killed, the fire department and police were laid at the base of the memorial.