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Honoring Service & Sacrifice at 9-11 Vigils

With candles, patriotic poetry and song, Queens residents kept the memories of those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks alive at memorial events held last week, marking the 13th anniversary of the day of infamy. Pictured at the top, Middle Village residents look at the Tribute in Light-the twin beams of light representing the lostWorld Trade Center’s twin towers-during a candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park last Thursday night, Sept. 11. Staff Sgt. Steven Betancourt (inset)-a Ridgewood resident who helped coordinate the first 9/11 memorial vigil in Middle Village and was injured on duty in Afghanistan earlier this year-was among the participants, and received a hero’s welcome from the crowd. In the middle photo, Forest Hills residents gathered outside the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ headquarters last Thursday to honor those lost in the terrorist attacks. One of the victims was Richard Allen Pearlman, a corps volunteer who died while responding to the incident. In the bottom photo, the PortAuthority and United Community Civic Association paid tribute to the lost through a special candlelight vigil last Wednesday night, Sept. 10, at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights.

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