Twenty-two years later, 9/11 will never be forgotten. On Monday, September 11, crowds gathered at Tribute Park on Beach 116th Street for the annual ceremony to remember the events that took place that day 22 years ago, and the many lives that were lost.
A color guard and a procession of bagpipers opened the ceremony as members of the FDNY circled the covered central mosaic of the park. Members of the ceremonial unit of the FDNY unfolded a flag and raised it to half-mast.
Father Bill Sweeney of St. Francis de Sales led a prayer. Then the names of the more than 70 members of the community who were killed on 9/11 were read aloud as a bell was tolled and family members, elected officials and members of the community placed roses around the center mosaic in their memory.
Music duo Aerial Acoustics played instrumentals during the ceremony while the FDNY harbor unit put on a water display in Jamaica Bay. Members of the FDNY were called to place roses on Firefighter Rock while members of the NYPD were called to place roses on the NYPD’s memorial bench, and 9/11 family members placed additional roses on the piece of metal from the World Trade Center.
For more information about Tribute Park and additional photos from the ceremony, see: www.rockawaytributepark.org
Photos by Katie McFadden.