By Victoria Merlino
Firefighter Robert Hamilton grew up in Ridgewood and met his wife at Christ the King High School in Middle Village. Hamilton, 43, served in FDNY Squad Co. 41 and died while rescuing victims from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Bayside resident Mohammad Hamdani, 23, worked as research assistant at Rockefeller University. He was also a former NYPD police cadet and trained emergency medical technician who rushed to the World Trade Center when he learned of the attack.
Flushing resident Elsy Carolina Osorio-Oliva, 27, worked as a translation engineer at General Telecom. She, too, died when the towers fell.
Hamilton, Hamdani and Osorio-Oliva are just three of the thousands of New Yorkers, including hundreds of Queens residents, who died on Sept. 11. Over the last 17 years, official monuments and makeshift memorials have been established to honor their lives and ensure that New Yorkers never forget the tragic events.
Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.
Here are a few events taking place this week:
The United Community Civic Association will hosting its annual 9/11 Memorial Candlelight Ceremony on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at McManus Memorial Park, located at 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway Service Road. The tribute will feature remarks for local leaders, musical performances and reflections on the lives lost during the attacks.
The Bayside Hills Civic Association will meet at 7 p.m. today for its annual ceremony to remember the people who died on Sept. 11 at the Memorial Garden on the westbound side of Horace Harding Expressway and the corner of Bell Boulevard. The event will feature words of comfort and memorial songs honoring the victims of the attacks. For more information, visit baysidehills.info.
A ceremony honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Dry Harbor Playground at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street, at 12:30 p.m. Residents will read the names of the 42 people from Glendale, Middle Village and Woodhaven who died during the attacks.
The 9/11 Candlelight Vigil Committee will host its 16th annual Candlelight Vigil in Juniper Valley Park at 78th Street starting at 7:30 p.m tonight. The volunteer committee formed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks to honor people from Middle Village and Maspeth who lost their lives on 9/11. The committee ensure their lives will always be remembered. Victims will be honored with music, poems and reflections. The committee suggests to bring a flashlight or candle and a chair. For more information, visit 911vigil.org.
Residents will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Tribute Park off of Beach Channel Drive at Beach 116th Street to read the names of the 70 Rockaway residents who died in the 9/11 attacks. The park is where many residents watched the attacks originally unfold, and a gazebo with a stained-glass dome stands in the park to constantly honor and remember local victims and the 242 firefighters who died.