North Babylon Remembers

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On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Robert Moses Middle School hosted a dedication ceremony where they unveiled their 9/11 memorial. Created by members of the art club, with assistance from club advisor Joyce Orrigo, the two six-foot structures are decorated with ceramic and glass mosaic tiles spelling out the Jimi Hendrix quote, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

During the unveiling ceremony, social studies teacher Dale Walden, who came up with the idea of the memorial and worked with Ms. Orrigo on the concept, spoke with the crowd. “I wanted our students to create a living memorial to all of those who passed on that terrible day. It was a learning experience for the students, not just an art experience, as many of the students were not around when this tragedy occurred,” he said.

Also speaking at the dedication were Superintendent of Schools Patricia Godek, Middle School Principal Kathleen Hartnett and Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez. “It is remarkable to see the students of North Babylon – who were so young that day – dedicate their time to remembering and honoring those who lost their lives and those who survived,” remarked Ms. Godek.

Following the speeches, the select chorus performed two musical numbers, the memorial towers were unveiled and doves were released.