Rockland 9/11 responders’ names added to police memorial

The names of two men who died last year of World Trade Center-related illnesses will be added to the Rockland County Police Memorial this weekend.

NYPD Lt. Luis Lopez and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro both responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Both were 50 years old, reports Robert Brum in the Lower Hudson Journal News.

Toro died on June 14, 2015, just a week after he was awarded the U.S. Marshals Service’s Purple Heart Award. He was suffering from site-related prostate cancer.

Lopez was diagnosed with lung disease in 2012 and died June 26, 2015.

May 22 will be Deputy United States Marshal Zacarias Toro and New York City Police Department Lt. Luis Lopez Day as part of National Police Week observances.

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93 Cents for Flight 93 to create mobile museum

The HALO (Hope Always Lives On) Foundation will use its 93 Cents for Flight 93 campaign to make a mobile museum to educate Ohio children about United Flight 93 writes Kathleen Folkerth in the West Side Leader

The HALO Foundation is partnering with the National Parks Foundation.

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Once filled with symbols of hope and despair, a 9/11 repository is nearly empty  

Years ago, JFK Airport’s Hangar 17 was filled with artifacts from the World Trade Center — crushed vehicles, twisted steel, damaged merchandise from the concourse shops. Now the enormous hangar is nearly empty, writes David W. Dunlap of the New York Times.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has given 1,890 pieces of World Trade Center steel and 550 other objects to museums and institutions worldwide.The distribution program was to have ended already, but now, with fewer than 50 artifacts still to find homes, the program has been extended. All the steel has been distributed.

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