The families of 9-11 victims gathered with local pols, fire and police officials, and faith leaders at Borough Hall on Wednesday morning for the borough’s first official remembrance ceremony for the men and women who died in the 2001 attack.
The event was a way to honor not only those who lost their lives in the disaster, but also those who are still suffering in its aftermath, said Borough President Adams.
“Nine-eleven is a time to remember, a time to grieve, and a time to rededicate ourselves to the families of those we have lost, as well as those who have sacrificed so much to help us respond, recover, and rebuild,” said Adams, who hopes to make the event an annual tradition. “Our grief evolves into resolve as we strive to ensure that those who have suffered from 9-11-related illnesses in the months and years that followed that horrific day receive the help and support they deserve.”
The gathering listened to tributes from surviving family members and musical selections from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music performers, and joined in an interfaith prayer with local religious leaders, before pausing for a moment of silence at 9:59 am — the time of the second tower’s collapse.
Borough President Adams and the families then laid a remembrance wreath outside Borough Hall as organizers lowered the American flag atop the building.