A Nesconset memorial to those who rushed to answer the calls for help on Sept. 11 stands whole, fully landscaped this year, but not yet finished.
The 9/11 Responders Remembered memorial at the corner of Smithtown Boulevard and Gibbs Pond Road was. The memorial pays tribute to those first responders, firefighters and police officers who have lost their lives following service during after after the attacks.
It was hailed by local political leaders as the first memorial of its kind in the nation.
When the ceremony was held in Sept. 11, the 6-foot black granite walls had yet to be engraved with the names of those who has died. The memorial site was still mostly dirt, as a volunteer crew worked valiently around the clock to at least finish the main memorial before the dedication ceremony.
This year, there are 118 names engraved on the memorial.
of those 118 names, roughly 90 have been added in the last week as the 9/11 Responders Remembered committee diligently verifies and fact checks each name that is added.
The landscapping has been completed, as well as the pouring of a concrete wall/bench that allows visitors to sit and reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks. A piece of World Trade Center Steel installed, with a plaque that tells passers-by about its signficance.
Click through the gallery above to view the Nesconset 9/11 Responders Remembered park and memorial as it stands today.