Area events pay tribute to those lost in 9/11
by Kathleen Lees
Sep 05, 2012 | 5132 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Memories of a loved one who passed in the September 11th attacks can be a heart-wrenching subject. However, many organizations throughout the area are holding ceremonies to remember friends and families that were affected by the terrorist attacks eleven years ago.

For the 9-11 Candlelight Vigil Committee of Queens, they have been remembering the loss of loved ones since the days immediately following the tragedy.

“The Sunday after it happened, we decided we were going to have a candlelight vigil in the park,” said Linda Metzger, one of the organizers and founders.

Metzger said they started getting the word out for the event by handing out fliers and using different types of social media.

“We ended up with 4,000 people at that first event,” said Metzger, who stressed that despite a decrease in attendants throughout the years, they believed it was important to keep having the vigils as a reminder of the past.

“It can be difficult for people who have lost somebody, but as a committee, we think we're going to keep going each year,” Metzger said. “Our motto is never forget.”

This year's event will be held on September 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Juniper Valley Park, located at 78th Street.

To find out more about this year's vigil, visit their website at

Here are some other events in the area:

• A memorial in Forest Park will remember 42 community members who died during the September 11th attacks. The event will be Sunday, September 9, at 1 p.m. in the 9/11 Memorial Garden, located at Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven Blvd.

• A candlelight ceremony will be held at Remsen Memorial Park, located on Alderton Street, on Sept. 11, to pay tribute to those who were lost during the September 11th attacks. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. The rain location will be at the American Legion Hall, located at 107-15 Metropolitan Ave.

• Maspeth Federal Savings will host a memorial event in Maspeth Memorial Triangle at the intersection of 69th Street and Grand Avenue. The event will begin at 11 .m. on Saturday, September 8.

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