Honored will be those who gave their lives, or whose lives were taken - including residents of Maspeth and firefighters in Squad 288 and Hazmat 1 - in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
This year, the 10th Anniversary, we will unveil a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center. The United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth and Maspeth Federal Savings are funding an addition to the 9/11 Memorial to include this artifact.
Craftsmen Woodworkers of Maspeth are currently installing the addition on the Memorial to be ready by September 9th.
More than 1,000 steel pieces from Ground Zero have been granted for release by the Port Authority of NY & NJ. With the help of Assemblywoman Margaret Markey and Jill Vik, Maspeth was able to secure a ten-pound piece of steel from the towers.
“This is an important step forward for our community to gather and reflect upon one of the biggest tragedies to ever effect our country” said Kenneth Rudzewick, president and chief executive officer of Maspeth Federal Savings.
The ceremony’s events include an opening and closing prayer by Rev. Peter Zendzian, laying of a wreath by the FDNY, Kathleen Nealon singing the National Anthem and Liz and Bill Huisman singing “America the Beautiful” and “American Anthem.”
Along with the memorial, Maspeth Federal Savings will host an exhibit dedicated to the memory of 9/11/01. The photos in the exhibit are courtesy of Maspeth resident Frank Banoff and will be displayed in the bank’s windows on 69th Street.