Photos by Jenna Bagcal/QNS

Seventeen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bayside community paid their respects to the lives lost on that fateful day.

On Tuesday night, residents, elected officials and community leaders gathered at the Sept. 11 Memorial Garden located at Horace Harding Expressway and Bell Boulevard for the annual event organized by the Bayside Hills Civic Association.

“This year marks the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the United States of America, we should never forget what happened to our country that morning,” said Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner.

The commemorative event included prayers and blessings, patriotic songs and the placement of lit candles and American flags in the memorial garden.

“For those of us who were old enough to understand what was going on during 9/11, when we say ‘never forget’ I think it’s safe to say most of us will never forget,” said Assemblyman Ed Braunstein. “But it’s important to see the young people here and to let them know about what happened.”

See photos from Tuesday night’s event below.

 

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