Van Bramer Visits 9/11 Memorials Across District
During the days of September 8 through 11, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer participated in several 9/11 memorial events in his district to honor and remember the victims of the attacks. The week brought back strong emotions for many of the fateful day ten years ago when innocent loved ones were lost and the landscape of New York changed forever.
The councilmember joined the community in 9/11 memorials throughout the district.
On Thursday, September 8, Van Bramer addressed hundreds at the United Community Civic Association’s annual candlelight vigil at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights. The following morning, he hosted an event honoring the nine fallen heroes of Rescue 4 in Woodside who died on 9/11 trying to save others. The corner of 65th Street and Queens Boulevard was renamed the “Boulevard of Bravery” in their honor.
On September 10, Van Bramer hosted Woodside on the Move’s dedication of a commemorative 9/11 mural on 61st Street in Woodside. The councilmember worked closely with Woodside on the Move to produce a piece of wall art painted by local artist Christopher St. John in honor of the fallen heroes and their families.
That same day, the councilmember spoke at the Big Six Towers in Woodside, which held a ceremony for Tommy Ashton who died on 9/11 at the age of 21. Tommy’s parents were present and surrounded by a supportive community who will never forget the light that he brought to their lives.
On September 11, after attending a memorial mass at Queen of Angels Church, Van Bramer continued honoring the victims of 9/11 by speaking to more than 100 people gathered at Woodside Civic Association’s 9/11 Candlelight Remembrance in Doughboy Park. The community remembered the 34 men and women from Woodside who lost their lives ten years ago.
“I’m proud to represent neighborhoods that will never forget those we lost on 9/11. This past weekend was one of remembrance and love for those who left us far too early. We will always honor their memory,” Van Bramer said.