Woodside residents in Doughboy Park on Tuesday honored those who died 11 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
“We have only begun to heal,” the Rev. Michael Hardiman of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside said.
Residents read the names of the 34 people who lived or worked in Woodside and died in the towers, the majority of whom were firefighters, at the memorial event sponsored by the Woodside Civic Association and Woodside on the Move. For each person a flower was placed under the park’s Sept. 11 memorial plaque. A candle was also lit for each of those community members who was killed.
“A tear could come here and there and that would be OK,” Woodside Civic Association President Ed Bergendahl said.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) commented, as many people had said throughout the day, on how the weather felt the same — “crisp and clean” — as that day 11 years ago.
Michelle Della Fave ended the ceremony with “God Bless America” and the “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Before the event, Edgar Cartegena, a super at a building on Skillman Avenue and 50th Street, rid the park’s walls of graffiti and replanted flower beds in the plaza.