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Queens communities set to remember victims of 9/11
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Nearly 17 years aft er it happened, the
painful memories of Sept. 11, 2001, still
remain fresh on the minds of so many
Queens residents who were alive to experience
In the aft ermath of the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon
and United Airlines Flight 93, the borough
held candlelight vigils and prayerful
ceremonies honoring the victims and
especially the police offi cers, fi refi ghters
and paramedics who made the ultimate
sacrifi ce while trying to save thousands of
people in Lower Manhattan.
Th at tradition of remembrance will continue
in the days approaching the attacks’
17th anniversary. In addition to the annual
ceremony at the National September 11
Memorial in Lower Manhattan, Queens
neighborhoods will host various tributes
to the victims of the attacks at public
parks and venues across the borough.
Some of the scheduled memorial events,
set to take place rain or shine, include the
following (in chronological order):
Sometimes the best way to refl ect on a
tragedy is through conversation. All are
invited to take part in such a conversation
about the events of Sept. 11, 2001,
set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at
Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.
Jo-Anne Raskin, a member of the Friends
of Maple Grove, will moderate a talk
about the attacks and how it transformed
the lives of New Yorkers. Th e event takes
place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Maple Grove
Cemetery’s Victorian Administrative
Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd. Please
reserve a seat in advance by emailing
Residents of Maspeth and surrounding
communities will come together for a
memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 8
at Maspeth Memorial Park, located at the
corner of 69th Street and Grand Avenue.
With the Manhattan skyline in the background,
participants will remember the
victims of 9/11 through prayers, music
and words of refl ection. Members of the
Fire Department will also lay wreaths at
the memorial; the park is located a few
steps from the headquarters of Squad
Company 288/Haz-Mat 1, which suff ered
signifi cant losses in responding to the
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East
Elmhurst will honor the fi rst responders
who died at the World Trade Center —
and those who died years later from illnesses
sustained as a result of their work
during recovery eff orts at Ground Zero
— with a memorial ceremony at 2 p.m.
on Sept. 8. During the vigil, the cemetery
will also honor the winners of its annual
essay contest titled, “What it means to
be American.” Th e vigil will take place
at the cemetery located at 72-02 Astoria
Blvd.; for more information, call 718-
Members of the Forest Hills Volunteer
Ambulance Corps will honor one of
their own who died while responding
to the 9/11 attacks by participating in
the “Run for Richie” motorcycle ride on
Sept. 9. Th e event is named in honor of
Richard Allen Pearlman, an 18-year-old
ambulance corps volunteer who rushed
down to the Twin Towers to assist in
the emergency response; he died aft er
the South Tower collapsed. Th e motorcycle
ride starts and ends in the parking
lot of Resorts World Casino New York
City, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
in South Ozone Park; registration begins
at 8:30 a.m. For more details, call 718-
521-6507 or visit nycpunisherslemc.com/
Th e Poppenhusen Institute will host its
annual 9/11 Memorial Program at 1 p.m.
on Sunday, Sept. 9. Th e event includes
music from Mary Courtney of Morning
Star and the Taurmi Violinists. Th e concert
will take place in the garden of the
institute located at 114-04 14th Rd.; in
the event of inclement weather, the program
will be moved indoors. For more
information, visit poppenhuseninstitute.
In honor of the 9/11 victims, the
Bayside Hills Civic Association will hold
its annual memorial ceremony at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday night, Sept. 11. Hundreds
will gather at the community’s memorial
garden, located at the corner of Bell
Boulevard and the westbound Horace
Harding Expressway, for memorial songs
and words of comfort. Visit baysidehills.
info for more information.
More than 3,000 people gathered on the
ballfi elds of Juniper Valley Park in Middle
Village fi ve days aft er the 9/11 attacks in
2001 for a remarkable candlelight vigil
honoring the victims. Th e community will
once again gather at the park on the 17th
anniversary of the attacks on Tuesday,
Sept. 11, for a candlelight vigil beginning
at 7:30 p.m. Organized by the 9/11
Candlelight Vigil Committee of Queens,
the program includes music, poems and
other refl ection. All are encouraged to
bring candles or fl ashlights, a lawn chair
and an American fl ag. For more details,
As in past years, Astoria residents will
hold the community’s annual 9/11 candlelight
vigil at McManus Memorial Park on
Wednesday night, Sept. 12. Organized by
the United Community Civic Association
and the Port Authority, the tribute will
include remarks from local lawmakers,
music and words of refl ection. Th e ceremony
gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the
park located off the intersection of 81st
Street and the Grand Central Parkway
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