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We are now at the time of the year that our thoughts are of that sad day when we lost so many on 9/11/01. This was when cowardly terrorists killed our fellow Americans and destroyed our Twin Towers. This past Sunday, I attended the small but poignant ceremony at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park at the 9/11 Memorial Garden and Memorial Stone, in honor of 43 local residents lost that day.
This Memorial was made a reality by the American Day Committee. The driving force behind the committee and the memorial, Ed Walter, passed and never saw this beautiful garden that he had strove so hard to establish.
The ceremony, since 2007, has been continued by Dorie Capace, Harold McCabe, Vincent Arcuri and others. We were honored in the past to have in attendance Rose Marti, whose only son Michael was lost that day. Unfortunately this lovely lady could not attend this year.
It was so inspirational to hear from the religious leaders Rev. Dr. David H. Benke, Rabbi Joel Zdanowitz, Fr. John Fullum and Bhupinder Singh, who all offered prayers for those lost that day and for our America.
Also the many Elected Officials in attendance, including State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Michael Miller, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Borough President Melinda Katz, who all spoke so poignantly.
The singing of the National Anthem by Katz was also very stirring.
Since September 11, 2001, I have attended so many 9/11 memorial ceremonies, but this one is very special to me. Each one is a sad tearful experience for me, as well as all that were in attendance. It is so heart wrenching to hear the grieving families speak of their loved ones that were lost.
These ceremonies are very sad and very heartbreaking, but also uplifting for every year we remember each and every one we lost that infamous day and recommit to “Never Forget and Never Again.”
This past Sunday was a good way to spend this day, which was beautiful and sunny, so much like that sad day 13 years ago.
Our GWDC Meeting is on Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Café on 88th Street. At this meeting, there will be a special September 11, 2001 Remembrance. Please attend and share with us all your experiences, poems and thoughts.
Since there will be no October GWDC Meeting, this evening will also host a candidates night for the November 7th election. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting.
Finally, I would like to thank my husband Bob and the Avenue Diner’s owner Paul. Also those that were so concerned for my well being. All is well.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, and most of all may God bless our America.