It may seem like yesterday, but 21 years ago, two planes struck the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, killing almost 3,000 people. We will never forget the first responders who risked their lives to save thousands of people on that tragic day. For those that did not survive, they are gone, but never forgotten.
Vigils were held across the country to pay tribute to the lives lost in the horrific terrorist attacks. Locally, two 9/11 vigils – in Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach – were held on Sunday, September 11th.
Due to the inclement weather, the Marine Park memorial was held inside the Carmine Carro Center, where over 100 people listened to speakers who recounted their experiences when the planes struck the World Trade Center.
In Gerritsen Beach, rain couldn’t stop residents from paying their respects to the heroes of 9/11. Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps marched from Argonne Marine Park American Legion Post No. 107 to the baseball field on Gerritsen Avenue where a brief tribute was held. A bell rang as each local victim’s name was recited and roses were placed on a memorial stone.