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9/11 anniversary events around Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Astoria Heights

The United Community Civic Association’s 9/11 Memorial Candlelight Ceremony will take place on Sept. 10 from 7:30 p.m. at McManus Memorial Park, on 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road.

Flushing

St. Mel’s Catholic Academy’s Parent Academy Association is organizing a Memorial Mass on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. After Mass, students will release bubbles in the schoolyard in memory of the 9/11 martyrs. 154-24 26 Ave.

The Queens Historical Society is observing the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a community conversation for children and their family members. The discussion will be led by Karyn Balan, who will guide the attendees through Jeanette Winter’s book “September Roses”. The book tells the story of two sisters from South Africa who are stranded in the city with the 2,400 roses that they had flown in on the day of the attacks for a flower show. The event begins at 1 p.m. and is free for children and the adults accompanying them. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave.

Sunnyside

A remembrance ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 p.m. at the Doughboy Park. The ceremony will include a candlelight vigil and poetry readings. Corner of 56th Street and Woodside Avenue.

Bayside

The Bayside Hills Civic Association will be holding its annual 9/11 observance on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Bell Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

Middle Village

The 13th Annual Candlelight Vigil will take place at the 9/11 Memorial at Juniper Valley Park (near 78th Street.) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m on Thursday, Sept. 11. Attendees are advised to bring a candle and a chair.

East Elmhurst

The third annual two-mile Remember Me Run will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at St. Michael’s Cemetery, located at 7202 Astoria Blvd. Sign-in will begin starting at 10 a.m. Registration fee $25. After the run, a memorial service will be held.

Kew Gardens

The Annual Day of Remembrance and the Lantern Festival will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery and Lakeside. 127-15 Kew Gardens Road.

9/11 anniversary remembered in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Annual memorial a touching tribute

Every September 11 for the past 12 years, Linda Catalano has placed a memorial of candles and a poster outside her house.

She pays tribute to all the lives lost that faithful day, but especially her friend, Lieutenant Robert Wallace of FDNY Engine Company 205 Ladder 118 in Brooklyn and a former Woodhaven resident.

Wallace ran into the Towers to help save lives, but much like many of his peers and thousands of innocent people, he didn’t make it out alive. He is survived by a wife and four children.

When Catalano moved to Glendale three years ago to be closer to work, she continued her tradition. This year she decided to attend the community memorial on September 8 in Forest Park and couldn’t hold back the tears when his name was called, along with the more than 40 lives lost from the neighborhood in the attacks.

“I got all emotional,” Catalano said. “He was a big part of my life.”

As the names were read, children, veterans and members of the community placed roses at a memorial stone in their honor.

“As a community we will never forget what we lost that day,” said Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley.

“It’s important to remember. It’s one of the most terrible tragedies in our country,” echoed Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5. “We are lucky enough to carry on. God bless the police officers and firefighters that continue to protect us every day.”

LIAM LA GUERRE

 

Honoring the ultimate sacrifice 

Friends and family members of six first responders who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks gathered to honor their loved ones.

Members of the United States Army Reserve held the annual memorial service at Fort Totten on Saturday, September 7 to pay tribute to the six who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We’re here to honor those who stood fast in the face of the enemy,” said Brigadier General Dwayne Edwards, deputy commander of the 99th Regional Support Command. “These six heroes refused to let the terrorists win the day.”

“Their strength and resolve shadowed that which is shown every day by service members who refuse to let the terrorists win,” Edwards continued. “Their patriotism can never be questioned, their valor can never be matched, and their sacrifice can never be repaid.”

The six men being honored were Captain Michael Mullan, Captain Mark Whitford, Warrant Officer Ronald Bucca, Sergeant Shawn Powell, Staff Sergeant Frederick Ill, and Lieutenant Colonel William Pohlmann.

They were part of the 77th Regional Support Command, which was renamed the 77th Regional Readiness Command in 2003. Five of them were New York City firefighters, and the other, Pohlmann, was a volunteer firefighter in Ardsley, New York.

“Their bravery is unimaginable,” said Will Mojsoski, who attended the memorial service. “They were among the first to put their lives on the line for not just their families and friends, but for perfect strangers.”

Bucca, who was fire marshal in Manhattan Command, was the first FDNY fire marshal killed in the line of duty. Pohlmann was an attorney with an office in the World Trade Center. He was also the engine company president of the Ardsley Volunteer Fire Department.

Mullan, a member of New York City Ladder 12, and Whitford, of Manhattan’s Engine Company 23, died while operating rescue missions at the Towers. Powell was a firefighter for Engine Company 207 and Frederick was a fire captain with Ladder 2 in Manhattan.

“Their silent service to this great country must never go unnoticed,” said Edwards. “It is our duty to constantly remind Americans how important is it to honor our men and women in uniform.”

JOHANN HAMILTON

 

St. Michael’s hosts Remembrance Run

Dozens gathered at Saint Michael’s Cemetery this past weekend to take part in the Remembrance Run, an annual event that raises money to help support children whose parents died on September 11, 2001.

The race was split into a children’s section and an adults’ section, and cut through the cemetery. The starting point and finish line was the Wall of Remembrance, which is engraved with the names of FDNY members who lost their lives that day.

“This event is to help those children whose parents contracted diseases and died at the World Trade Center on September 11,” said St. Michael’s Director of Community Relations Ed Horn. “That doesn’t just mean those who died that day, but also those who went back to work cleanup and look through the rubble. Many of them contracted diseases while searching for survivors and this event raises money for their children.”

Saturday, September 7 was the second annual Remembrance Run, and there was also a memorial service afterwards.

 

The first to finish the race was Kenneth Young, who was also the last person to register.

“It’s great what they’re doing here,” said Sarah Small, who came to support her friends in the race. “It’s important that we don’t allow the memories of those who died that day to fade away, and events like this prevent that from happening.”

 

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9/11 anniversary events around Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Maspeth Memorial Park

There will be prayers, laying of wreaths, musical performances and poetry readings at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7 at the Maspeth Memorial Park, located on 69th Street and Grand Avenue.

East Elmhurst

The second annual Remember Me Run will be taking place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 at St. Michael’s Cemetery, located on 72-02 Astoria Boulevard.

Glendale

A memorial ceremony will be held at the 9/11 memorial site on 80th Street and Myrtle Avenue. The event is sponsored by the American Day Committee and takes place on Sunday, September 8 at 12:30 p.m.

There will be a prayer and remembrance service on  Sunday, September 8 at the Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park. The service starts at 12:30 p.m.

Whitestone

On Wednesday, September 11, the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Association will be holding their annual program at the Whitestone Memorial Field, located at 149th Street and 15th Road. The event begins at 11 a.m.

State Senator Tony Avella will be traveling to and laying wreaths at 25 intersections named in honor of 9/11 heroes throughout Queens on Wednesday, September 11. The Wreath-Laying Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 147th Place.

Sunnyside

There will be a candlelight vigil in Doughboy Park on Wednesday, September 11 from 2-7 p.m., hosted by the United Forties Civic Association of Sunnyside. The park is located between 55th and 56th Streets.

Bayside

The Bayside Hills Civic Association will be holding its annual 9/11 observance on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at a memorial on Bell Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

Floral Park

There will be a remembrance concert on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m., presented by Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, located between 80th Avenue and Union Turnpike.

Middle Village

The annual candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park will take place on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance and the American Legion will be holding an event in memory of FHVA member Ron Pearlman at 7 p.m on Wednesday, September 11. The event will take place at 92-29 Metropolitan Avenue.

Flushing

The St. Mel’s Home School Association will be holding their annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11. Mass begins at 9 a.m. at St. Mel’s Church, and is followed by a patriotic balloon release. The church is located at 26-15 154th Street.

Astoria Heights

A commemoration will be held Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. by the United Community Civic Association. The event takes place in McManus Memorial Park, on 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road.

Kew Gardens

The Annual Day of Reflection and Remembrance will be taking place at the Maple Grove Cemetery Center on Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. The Maple Grove Cemetery Center is located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Road.