2018-08-30 / Front Page

West Babylon Eagle Scout candidate Liam Reiff builds 9/11 memorial in West Babylon

by Michael Deodato and Carolyn James


Eagle Scout candidate Liam Reiff at the site of the 9/11 memorial at West Babylon High School field on Monday as he worked to install the memorial including a piece of metal from the World Trade Center. Eagle Scout candidate Liam Reiff at the site of the 9/11 memorial at West Babylon High School field on Monday as he worked to install the memorial including a piece of metal from the World Trade Center. A dedication ceremony for a 9/11 memorial to West Babylon residents and Deputy Chief Raymond Downey Sr. who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, will be held Sat. Sept. 8, 11 a.m. at West Babylon High School Sports field. The memorial was designed and put up by Liam Reiff, a member of Scout Troop 104, for his Eagle Scout project.

Along with the responders who lost their lives that day, the memorial remembers recovery and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero. It includes an artifact from the World Trade Center, along with a seedling from the “Survivor Tree.” The tree, a Callery Pear, endured the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. The seedling will stand as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth. Both will be dedicated to the 9/11 Memorial.

Reiff decided to build the memorial after learning that West Babylon was one of only a few towns that did not have its own memorial. “I knew this is what I wanted to do and I was inspired to design, construct and remember our residents who lost their lives that awful day,” said Reiff.

The 9/11 Memorial will be located on the sports field of the West Babylon High School, right opposite the administrative parking lot. The location is at the entrance of the sports field so everyone who enters will be able to pay their respects to those people who lost their lives.

“The 9/11 Memorial will not only be for the people of today but also for future generations, so they can pay their respects and never forget,” said Reiff.

The future Eagle Scout will be in his senior year in September and hopes to attend Stony Brook University to major in mechanical engineering and mi nor in civil engineering. He is the son of Shelia and William Reiff and attributes his determination to his mom. “She always taught me to work hard, go after your dreams and never give up,” he said. “She always told me that with hard work, perseverance and determination you will succeed and I’m following her advice.”

Families of 9/11 victims, civic leaders, school and other officials and fire department members are expected to attend.

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