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9/11 families thank Mayor Menino

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Those who lost loved ones on 9/11 showed Mayor Tom Menino a little love this week. The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund paid tribute to Menino at a luncheon at the Ritz, and families honored hizzoner for his support over the years, particularly in getting the memorial built in the Boston Public Garden. Peg Ogonowski Hatch, whose husband John was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, presented the mayor with a plaque, and Diann Corcoran, whose husband Jay was on United Flight 175, announced that the families would, in honor of the mayor, “volunteer our time, talent, and resources” to Camp Harborview, the refuge for at-risk kids located on Long Island in Boston Harbor. (The camp was cofounded by Menino.) With a cane and some effort, the mayor slowly took to the podium. “This was one of the most difficult political fights I ever had,” he said, referring to the siting of the memorial in the Public Garden. He won’t be mayor next year, of course, but Menino vowed not to miss the next Sept. 11 ceremony. “I’ll be there, but in the back row,” he said.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.

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