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Two Ceremonies Honor SI's Sept. 11 Victims

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Staten Islanders remembered family and friends who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks Tuesday. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

As the sun dipped down across New York Harbor, hundreds of Staten Islanders gathered at the Postcards Memorial to remember their family and friends lost 11 years ago.

"I think it portrays the victims in a very dignified manor," said one attendee. "It is very beautiful. I am very happy with it."

"It is also that the faces face the wind," said another. I get that feeling of peace."

Mayor Bloomberg spoke in the shadow of the Postcards Memorial, which is in the shape of two envelopes reaching to heaven.

On the sides, profile silhouettes of the Staten Island victims are inscribed with their names, date of birth and where they worked on Sept. 11.

"I don't know that there is any memorial that I have ever seen that is more moving than the one right here," the mayor said.

"We lost 10 percent of all the casualties from the World Trade Center came from Staten Island," said Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro.

Later in the evening, residents came to Angels Circle in Grasmere.

This year, fifth graders from PS 3 in Pleasant Plains hung angel ornaments on a tree for each of the victims from Staten Island.

"We just wanted to bring them back and show that they are still with us and not gone," said one.

"A lot of the kids in our class didn't know what 9/11 was but they heard of it," said another. "Because all of us weren't born yet."

Angels Circle began when Staten Islander Wendy Pellegrino put up a sign on a traffic island that said "God Bless our Heroes."

Now, the memorial has evolved to include pictures of each of the victims from Staten Island, statues and mementos.

"It's just unbelievable to me how this whole thing evolved," Pellegrino said. "I never imagined what it would turn into."

Pellegrino said she hopes by educating younger generations about Sept. 11, they will never forget the memories of the victims.

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