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Ninth 9/11 tributes readied for Queens

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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:00 am

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack will be remembered in Queens with art, public programs, a graffiti cleanup and other events.

In the borough, 238 residents died on that sunny September morning, including 43 firefighters, three police officers and three members of the Port Authority Police.

This year’s Queens events include an ongoing art exhibit that has already opened, as well as blood drives the day after Sept. 11.

Queens artist Chee Wang Ng is presenting his installation on 9/11 now through Sept. 14 in the Student Union lobby at Queens College, Kissena Boulevard in Flushing.

Ng has transformed the seven red stripes of the American flag into red bleeding lines, which wrap around a bowl filled with rice, a Chinese symbol. Two large chopsticks in the center resemble the Twin Towers. Encircling the bowl are prayer candles with the 50 stars, representing the states.

Viewing hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maspeth Federal Savings is holding its annual WTC memorial ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m. in Maspeth Memorial Park at 69th Street and Grand Avenue. Kathleen Nealon will sing the National Anthem and Liz and Bill Huisman will sing other patriotic selections.

Maspeth is home to Squad 288 and HazMat 1, which together suffered the single largest loss of firefighters of any FDNY firehouse on 9/11. Eleven members of HazMat and eight members of Squad 288 as well as six civilians from Maspeth were killed that day.

Also on Friday at 2 p.m. a memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery at 72-02 Astoria Blvd., in East Elmhurst. It will honor the 9/11 FDNY, PAPD and NYPD officers and their families.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Central Hispano Cuzcatlan will hold a 9/11 vigil at the Rufus King Park gazebo on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Greater Bethel Church will hold a 9/11 remembrance and back to school event at Roy Wilkins Park at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street in Jamaica.

A 9/11 memorial ceremony on Saturday will take place at 10 a.m. in the Dry Harbor Playground at 80th Street and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.

The Sunnyside United Neighborhood Network will pay tribute to the anniversary by holding a large-scale graffiti cleanup, covering 40 blocks. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday in front of the Sunnyside Reformed Church at 48th Street and Skillman Avenue.

Continental Post 1424 American Legion will hold its annual memorial at 6 p.m. Saturday at Remsen Park at Alderton Street and Trotting Course Lane in Forest Hills.

A candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park on Juniper Boulevard South and 78th Street in Middle Village is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The annual event draws thousands of residents, who bring candles and American flags. There are speakers, patriotic music and a view of the towers of lights in Manhattan, representing the World Trade Center, which are lit only on that night once a year.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association will hold its observance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bell Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway. Area elected officials and religious leaders will participate. Those attending are asked to bring memorial candles. American flags will be given out to place on the group’s memorial.

Two blood drives will be conducted on Sunday, sponsored by the New York Blood Center in honor and remembrance of the thousands of people affected by the terrorist attack.

The first blood drive is scheduled from 8:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 82-00 35th Ave. in Jackson Heights.

The other blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church of Bayside at 215-35 38th Ave.

Queens-based musicians and singers —with the help of area gymnasts — will perform a special, free concert honoring those lost on 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Athens Square Park at 29th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria.

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