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9/11 events set throughout borough

Queens communities reflect on 12th anniversary of WTC attacks

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered throughout the borough that lost so many people starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.

Although there was never an official count of those from Queens who lost their lives that day, the Chronicle confirmed at least 283 victims lived in the borough.

Because of the early Labor Day holiday, many civic groups did not send out notices about 9/11 events. Here’s what’s been confirmed:

The second annual Remember Me Run to raise funds for children of deceased Ground Zero responders will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., in East Elmhurst.

Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the cemetery’s All Soul’s Crematory Building, near the Astoria Boulevard entrance. The entry fee is $25 and is payable to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund. Santora was an Astoria firefighter killed on Sept. 11. The two-mile course is on the cemetery grounds. Awards will be given for top times for men and women. Children will receive special ribbbons and all will be given T-shirts.

A kiddie fun run is free and is open to children ages 5 to 10. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the cemetery.

Money raised will go to the Christopher Santora scholarship fund which awards grants to youngsters for their education.

A community memorial ceremony sponsored by the American Day Committee will be held on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the 9/11 memorial site, located at 80th Street and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale. Forty-two residents of Glendale, Woodhaven and Ridgewood lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Association will hold its annual program on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Whitestone Memorial Field, 149th Street and 15th Road.

The United Forties Civic Association of Sunnyside will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Doughboy Park, between 55th and 56th streets on Woodside Avenue.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association’s annual 9/11 observance will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bell Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway, the site of a memorial created by the group. Elected officials, religious leaders, scouts and more will participate.

Seth Baskin, who plays the acoustic guitar, will perform the National Anthem. Participants are asked to bring candles. American flags will be given out.

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on 259th Street, between 80th Avenue and Union Turnpike in Floral Park, will present a special concert in remembrance of 9/11 on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Fire and Police departments and emergency first responders are encouraged to attend in dress uniform and participate in a special procession prior to the concert. If interested, call the church by Thursday at (718)347-6070 and arrive on Wednesday by 6:30 p.m. to go over details of the procession.

The concert is free but there will be a goodwill offering collection.

Also at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday is the annual candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park at 78th Street in Middle Village. This is the borough’s largest gathering in the shadows of the 9-11 Tribute in Light. The program will include music, speeches, poetry and representatives from the FDNY, elected officials, scouts and religious leaders.

The United Community Civic Association will hold a commemoration on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in McManus Memorial Park, 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road in Astoria Heights.

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