By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano – joined together today with local religious and community leaders, human rights advocates, police personnel and other elected officials – held a solemn vigil to pay respects to the victims of the Orlando terror attack; and to denounce violence in all its forms.
County Executive Mangano began his remarks by calling for a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives. He said “our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” and he added that as Americans, we “stand together in solidarity with them” and we grieve together.
He denounced all violence and reiterated the county’s Zero tolerance policy for hate crimes.
The County Executive further ordered that all flags on County government buildings be flown at half-mast through June 18th in memory of those killed; and, the dome of this building will be lit Red, White and Blue to “signal to the world that our people will not cower to terrorism.”
The vigil began with an Invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, performance of the National Anthem, and remarks from the elected officials.
Then came a series of prayers from clergy representing various faiths – a Prayer for the Victims, led by Dr. Ibrahim Nejm, Islamic Center of Long Island; a Prayer for the Families of the Victims, led by Pastor Garcia, El Tabernaculo de Gozo in East Meadow; a Prayer of Comfort, from Bishop Any C. Lewter, Hollywood Baptist Cathedral, in Amityville; and a Prayer of Unity, from Bhai Kuideep Singh, a representative of the Sikh community.
The County Executive said that while no words can comfort the victims’ families and loved ones, “we gather today to let them know the people of Nassau County stand in solidarity with them.”