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A memorial commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks was unveiled in Howard Beach on Saturday, a project that was many years in the making and created by local artists with help from community groups and volunteers joining together.

“We have survived many things, including Hurricane Sandy, a pandemic and now we are standing here honoring all those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those who continue to lose their lives because of the effects of going down to the 9/11 site,” said Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association and City Council District 32 candidate.

What does the 20th anniversary of 9/11 mean to a rescue worker?

For Archie Koenemund, a former firefighter and Hamilton Beach resident, it’s a reminder for the world that “it’s never gonna go away.”

The West Hamilton Beach Fire Department held its 87th annual dinner fundraiser at Russo’s on The Bay last Thursday, and bestowed the rank of lieutenant on three of its officers — Lionel Horry, Ignazio Tamburello and James McCabe. They were promoted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Mitch Udowitch, former captain of the department.

The department also honored Martin Grillo and Ryan Gunning, president and vice president of the state Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Association; James Leslie, owner of Howard Beach Florist; Rick and Felicia Lohr of the Hooversville Volunteer Fire Department; and Ricky Byrd of Rockers in Recovery, an organization that seeks to help musicians with addiction problems.