Photos: Special 9/11 stone unveiled at Thomas Kelly vigil

With the late firefighter Thomas Kelly’s family standing by, Eric Biegler of the Sound Park Heights Civic Associations in Reeves Park read a timeline of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 Sunday night.

It was the association’s second annual candlelight vigil held on Park Road/Thomas Kelly Memorial Drive. Thomas Kelly, who lived in Reeves Park, was a New York City firefighter who died trying to evacuate people from the twin towers at NYC’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

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The vigil on Sunday also served as an unveiling of a new Sept. 11 memorial stone, which was donated by South Fork Mason Supply in Speonk. It contains a piece of World Trade Center steel and is located next to the Thomas Kelly memorial at the corner of Park Road and Sound Avenue, at the entrance to Riverhead’s Reeves Park community.

The Riverhead Fire Department hung a giant American flag from its 102-foot ladder truck Sunday, and had a number of its officers present in uniform. Bagpipers Patrick O’Neill and Jim Flood also played at the vigil.

“It was great,” Emmet Kelly, Thomas’s father, said afterward.

Mr. Biegler said he believes more people attended this year than last.

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TIM GANNON PHOTO | The newly placed stone, which contains steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, at the Thomas Kelly memorial.

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