New York Metropolitan Area Houses of Worship to Offer Memorials on 9/11

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "[New York] houses of worship [will] offer special services, prayers and music to mark September 11... The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone would build a shrine. 'One of St. Francis of Assisi's prayers is for peace,' says Latona, pastor of the 1,000-member congregation. For the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, marking the first anniversary of the attacks will be about healing, for the families of the victims and also for the Muslim community. 'As we were mourning the tragedy, we had to respond to the backlash,' says Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankan, director of interfaith affairs for the 700-member congregation. The North Shore Synagogue will light two candles of remembrance on Sept. 11, one for each tower of the World Trade Center. On Sept. 11, the First Baptist Church of Riverhead will remember its own - Derrick Christopher Washington. Washington, 33, was a technician... on the top floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. Most other metropolitan area houses of worship will be holding services to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks."