One year after its completion, the walls of a Nesconset memorial dedicated to those first responders, firefighters and police officers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks has been struggling to add names.
Newsday reports one year after the 9-11 Responders Remembered park was dedicated, the marble walls only bear 118 names. Two panels remain blank.
"We were hoping it would have gotten done a lot sooner," said John Feal, a trustee of the group that built the park told Newsday.
More than 90 of the 118 names on the memorial of the park were only added last week, Feal told Newsday. One of the reasons the memorial is taking so much time is that the committee behind the park takes the time to personally research and verify each person's name submitted to be added to the wall, as well as checking the spelling of their name, their rank and group.
The names are then engraved on the memorial at no cost by a local business.
Read more on Newsday [subscription required] about the current state of the 9-11 Responders Remembered Memorial.