2018-09-05 / Editorials

We Will Never Forget

It has been 17 years since that gut-wrenching day when members of the terrorist group, al-Qaeda, hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 to crash into the Twin Towers, killing nearly 3,000 people. Every American remembers this day like it was yesterday; remembering what they were doing when news broke that the structure of the North Tower was compromised at 8:46 am, and again when the announcement came that the structure of the South Tower had been compromised. This tragic event brought Americans together in unity to mourn the loss of their loved ones and brave first-responders, as well as to put a stop to these tragic events. St. Michael’s Cemetery, at 72-02 Astoria Boulevard, will be holding a memorial to keep the first responders and those who died working on The Pile in our hearts. This will take place on September 8 at 2:00 pm. The winners of the St. Michael’s essay contest entitled “What it means to be an American” will be announced at the ceremony (see the ad in this issue of the Queens Gazette). The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) is also holding its annual 9/11 Memorial Candlelight Ceremony. The memorial will take place in McManus Memorial Park, on 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road, on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. These services are especially important when more and more young adults are unaware of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, as those currently entering college were only a year old, if that. We join in mourning, and offer our most heartfelt and deepest condolences to anyone who has experienced a personal loss due to the attacks on September 11. Ultimately it was personal to all of us as Americans.

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