Never forget: Queens commemorates 21st anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Community members attend a 9/11 memorial and candlelight vigil in Juniper Valley Park. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann)

Twenty-one years after the tragic terrorist attack on Sept. 11, Queens residents will hold a series of remembrance events to uphold the legacy of those 3,000 lives lost that day.

Here are the following events being held throughout the borough to honor the victims of 9/11:

Flushing: Handball exhibitions to honor the emergency personnel

At Pomonok Park, a series of handball games will encourage emergency personnel to come together on a day of remembrance. There will be homemade empanadas, courtesy of Liz Maria, and drinks provided by mixologist Kerbyscups. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. at Pomonok Park on Kissena Boulevard and 65th Avenue across from Queens College. 

Maspeth: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony 

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank and local elected officials will host a small memorial ceremony to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The names of each individual who called Queens home will be announced along with the placement of flags at Maspeth Memorial Park on 69th Street and Grand Avenue. The event is held on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. 

College Point: 9/11 Remembrance Concert

The College Point Cultural Center & Museum at the Historic Poppenhusen Institute will provide a series of performances from Tarumi Violinists and inspirational songs by Mary Courtney devoted to words of reflection and hope. The concert will be held in the Grand Hall at 114-04 14th Rd. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact 718-358-0067 or poppenhusen@yahoo.com

East Elmhurst: Canvass with Hunger Free America on 9/11

Volunteers will join Hunger Free America on Sunday, Sept. 11, to hand out flyers to community members and local businesses on different food assistance programs. If you have any questions, please contact volunteer@hungerfreeamerica.org. The meeting point is 100-10 Astoria Blvd. at 10:30 a.m.

Little Neck: 9/11 National Day of Service: Donation Drive

Commonpoint Queens will arrange a day of giving back, encouraging the community to donate cellphones and tablets, clothing and new toys/art supplies at drop-off stations. They have partnered up with New York Blood Center, so participants are invited to donate blood if they can. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.. to 4 p.m. at Sam Field Center at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway.

To learn more about the event, please contact Kathy Martinovich at Commonpoint Queens at 718-225-6750 ext. 238 or kmartinovich@CommonPointQueens.org.