Photo Courtesy of Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office
A soldier salutes the fallen in Downtown Manhattan.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The memorials might have been socially distanced and marred with masks and other reminders of the COVID crisis, but borough residents still turned out Friday in droves from Bayside to Bayswater to mark the solemn 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“I will never forget seeing the cars parked around Squad 288/HAZMAT 1 in Maspeth on 9/11, when 19 firefighters never returned from the World Trade Center to drive home to their families. It was an honor to visit the firehouse today and thank New York’s Bravest for their service,” City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) said Friday.
“It is important to remember the true spirit of unity that transcended the chaos of that day. From the heroic first responders to the millions of courageous citizens, New Yorkers came together in the days, weeks and months that followed, marking a road to recovery,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “As we continue to confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us remember the strength and resiliency that broke through on 9/11. We mourn, we honor, and we never forget. In memory of those we have lost, let us strive to do all that we can for each other during these difficult times.”