Photo by Alena M. Lyras, Photographer & Videographer
Wendy Pelligrino, Founder of Angel's Circle in
Staten Island, New York.
"The Circle started on September 11th. When the whole thing happened I was
just so frightened that I started running around my community. I tied red
white and blue ribbons on every tree. It was 3 am in the morning and I
couldn't sleep at all.
This triangle was just empty property here. So, I made a
sign that said "God Bless Our Heroes" and I put it right in front with two
candles on each side. Then later I bought 16 flags and put them down. Then my
neighbor put a photo of a firefighter who he knew when he was young next to
Later I sent a letter to the SI Advance saying that this
property would be wonderful for a permanent memorial. They published the
letter. Little by little, day by day, I would come out and there was another
picture. Then I realized what this was going to be. I was so happy because now
we are keeping their spirits alive.
Please come and visit us. Take the first exit
after you cross over the Verrazano Bridge then make the first left turn. Cross
over the expressway, pass the light and keep going a few blocks. You will see
Angel's Circle on the right side. Thank you for caring and for sharing your