Remembering September 11, nine years later
by Maria Thomson
Sep 07, 2010 | 374 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reflecting on Labor Day weekend, everyone I spoke to has stated it was truly a beautiful long weekend with great weather enjoyed by all. It is important that we not forget this is a “day for labor,” that we support the American workers who have made our country great and that we continue to revere the men and women who have made and make up our labor force, as well as the unions and organizations that make our workers strong. It is important today, more than ever with this “job export economy” that our “Made in America” products and our American workers have our support.

Now it really is back to school time! I hope that all of the “back to schoolers” are still shopping for their needs on our award-winning Woodhaven Business Improvement District on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. You can find anything that your young students and children need on our avenue, the bests part being the good prices and courteous small town service shopping atmosphere you can find here within walking distance. So to all of our students as you return to school, I wish you good luck, good studying and good marks!

Every year since 2001, the month of September has brought with it a very sad special feeling. It is a feeling that fills our very being and souls because of the sad events of that day on September 11, 2001. It has been nine years now and our wounds are still hurting. In September of 2002, I spoke at an Ecumenical Prayer Mass. The words I wrote and stated at that time are still poignant now eight years later. I would like to share them again with you, so that we may reflect and pray.

“Since last year, the sadness of September 11th, 2001 has been constant, as we in Woodhaven cope with the life stories of all those Heroes lost and their families that are suffering from their loss. The dirge of bagpipes and the flow of tears have been with us every day, and we grieve. We grieve for all of the innocent men, women, and children that were so brutally taken from us that fateful day. We grieve for our majestic Twin Towers, forever taken from our skyline. These innocents were taken because they were Americans, and our Towers for they were symbols of America. Our eyes may be filled with tears, but our vision is clear. Our America is at war and we view the enemy, terrorism, through eyes of strength and with resolve. The men and women of our armed forces are fighting this war against terrorism with bravery, not as our enemy, who acts in cowardice. Our Woodhaven supports these our good defenders, in this war against these hateful evildoers. And because of our good, we will be victorious against this evil. In this time of war, may our leaders, our country and our little Woodhaven be protected. May we be resolute in stating ‘Never Forget, Never Again.’”

On September 9, 2007 at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park, a 9/11 memorial garden and memorial stone was dedicated and unveiled. At this ceremony 42 people from Glendale, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Woodhaven who lost their lives on September 11 were commemorated. This Saturday September 11, 2010 at 10 a.m., there will be a prayer and remembrance ceremony at this memorial.

Please attend and remember from Woodhaven Roshan Singh and Khanladai Singh, beloved brother and sister; Robert F. Walsh of the FDNY; and the 39 others from our area, as well as all the innocent Americans who were lost that day. The Woodhaven community thanks the American Day Parade Committee for this memorial and for this Saturday’s ceremony. To commemorate this tragic event the WBID will be distributing American flags and September 11, 2001 remembrance fliers to all of our stores and businesses on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. Please mark your calendars and vote Tuesday, September 14 in a very important primary and special election. Remember, voting makes us strong. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, may God bless us all and most of all, may God bless our America.

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