A solemn parade of friends, neighbors, first responders and scouts marched down Thomas Kelly Memorial Drive in Riverhead Sunday night in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
For those in the Reeves Park community, the loss was personal. Thomas Kelly, a New York City firefighter from Reeves Park and FDNY member Jonathan Ielpi, whose family owns a summer home there, both died on 9/11.
After the march, the crowd gathered at the local 9/11 Memorial, where Reeves Park summer resident Caitlin Beirne sang and her cousin Brian Noone played the bugle.
Several people spoke, including Fr. Piotr Narkiewicz from St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead.
After a moment of silence, the crowd dispersed, but not before noticing a beautiful sunset ending an always emotional day.