Tree Of Tears And Hope
* NY State Christmas Tree Decorated With Sept. 11 Ornaments

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2001

(AP) Ten-year-old Kevin Hickey was barely as tall as the governor's podium, but had to measure up to a duty daunting enough for any adult.

Kevin, who lost his firefighter father on Sept. 11, was trying to help New York's children have a happy holiday season despite the tragedy. He took part in a ceremony Monday to decorate the governor's office holiday tree with ornaments made by New York schoolchildren to honor victims of the terrorist attacks.

"Never forget," said Kevin's mother Donna, the widow of city Fire Department Capt. Brian Hickey.