You are here: News Area News Firefighters honor 9/11's fallen
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Elmont Online

Firefighters honor 9/11's fallen


NEW YORK -- Firefighters from across the country crowded the sidewalks around St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on Saturday for a memorial service for their brethren killed in the 9/11 attacks, wearing their uniforms and saluting as 343 flags carried by an honor guard passed, one for each firefighter who died.

Chris Pace, 41, came from Las Vegas with 20 other members of his fire company. They stood on Fifth Avenue in black dress uniforms -- all had paid their own way.

"We came here to let these guys know we haven't forgotten about them, 10 years later," Pace said. "If it had happened in our city, we would have run into that building, too. And they would have been here for us now."

The nation's largest fire department was holding the service the day before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The crowd fell silent as the huge honor guard marched down Fifth Avenue and into the church.

The Most Rev. Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, presided over the service, one of many public and private events around the city held ahead of the anniversary.

Families, friends and strangers clasped hands as a bell clanged at 8:46 a.m. to signify the time the first hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center's north tower. The group formed a single-file line that snaked along the southern tip of Manhattan and through an exhibition of American flags, displayed to honor the dead. Participants wore white T-shirts with light blue image of the towers and the phrase "hand-in-hand, remembering 9/11."

Manhattan resident Dino Fusco brought his two daughters to the event. The 45-year-old father says it's important for them to pay their respects and to learn about the country's history, even when it's sad.

"We lost friends, we felt the loss of the city," he said. "So we don't want to forget. It's important to mark the day."

Valeria Washington and Annette Englert had never met before but clasped hands when the bells clanged.

"It's interesting to see all the kids here, and I wonder how it's affected them," Washington said, her 11-year-old son, Quincy, next to her. "My son was 1 and I know he views this differently than I do."

Englert is from Germany and is living in Tribeca for a few years while her husband works on Wall Street. She said she wanted to grieve for the victims and marveled at the resilience of New Yorkers.

Julie Menin, who heads the Community Board of Lower Manhattan and headed the hand-holding event, said she wanted to recall the generosity of the days following the attacks.

"The support is fantastic here in this community, and in New York in general," she said.

The New York Philharmonic was scheduled to give a free performance called "Concert for New York." Volunteers were using manual typewriters to record how visitors to Midtown's Bryant Park answered the question "What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?"

A massive American flag was unfurled on the south side of 1 World Trade Center. The 1,776-foot tower is under construction, and the memorial at the site was to open Monday.

The 60- by 90-foot flag typically flies at the George Washington Bridge on major holidays. It's the world's largest free-flying American flag, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

Another flag was placed at 1 World Trade Center on Friday. That flag will be moved to one of the highest points on the building, which is already 1,000 feet tall and the tallest building in lower Manhattan.

Elsewhere in the city, some were taking a different tack. Mark Vigilante, 44, of West Babylon on Long Island, hauled debris 12 hours a day from the trade center site to New Jersey in the weeks after 9/11. He was there when the remains of his friend, firefighter Thomas Kennedy, were found, and he still has raw memories of watching rescue workers pull up remains of those who died.

On Saturday, he was headed to a Labor Day parade of union members on Fifth Avenue.

"Life has to go on. We've got to move on," he said.

Read Full Article

Comments are now closed for this entry


What do Elmont residents want at Belmont Park?

stop domestic violence 1 rectangle decal

If you know SOMETHING, please
DO something! He or She may never save themselves!

The National Domenstic Violence Hotline warns, "Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224".

Domestic Violence is NOT a private matter, It's a crime against the SOCIETY!


open letter-02

Today, we are talking to people about sustainable economic development, because we think it's important to show support for key issues that affect our community - like places in the Elmont for young professionals to live, shop and be entertained; like keeping families closer together and rebuilding the economic and social pillars of the community.

Related Articles

No Related Articles were found.


Elmont Youth Soccer Club


Latest Comments

  • Elmont Residents - "Not Another Stadium"

    • Joan 12/14/2017 00:27
      Elmont does not need a stadium, it will destroy the ...


  • Elmont's taxpayers being setup to bailout Ledecky's $100 million loss

    • Dan 12/10/2017 15:51
      Where is your source? Ledecky has absolutely not ...


  • The American Dream

    • Margaret Walker, MSW 02/15/2016 01:50
      I'd like more information regarding the pudding ...


    • Ali A Mirza 01/15/2016 18:30
      the reason I asked you the above question is to ...


  • While You are WORKING...

    • Randolph Johnson 12/23/2017 02:54
      This sounds like a Tammie Williams post. Elmont ...



Next Week and ...