Photos Courtesy of NYPD; City Council; and Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office
Members of the 106th Precinct observe moments of silence outside their stationhouse on 101st Street.
By Michael V. Cusenza
On Tuesday, 17 years after the Big Apple was maimed to its core, New Yorkers, from Breezy Point to Battery Park City—and every unique nook in between—renewed their vow to never forget Sept. 11, 2001, and the heroes and victims that define that Tuesday, by participating in solemn memorial ceremonies, and penning profound statements of commemoration.
“Seventeen years ago, as the world witnessed a heinous act of barbaric terrorism, we also saw the best of our nation as thousands of firefighters, police officers, federal and local law enforcement officers, medical workers, construction workers, and other heroes selflessly rushed to Ground Zero to answer the call of duty,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “2,977 souls lost their lives that horrific day while thousands more stayed on the pile day after day and month after month, first to recover remains, and then to rebuild.”
City Councilman Eric Ulrich added, “Seventeen years may seem like a long time ago, but for so many loved ones left behind it still feels like yesterday.”