On Sunday, September 10th – one day before tragedy struck the World Trade Center – elected officials, local leaders and community residents gathered inside Canarsie Park to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
The event began at 8:46 a.m., the exact time the first plane crashed into the North Tower. A moment of silence was held while a lone bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.”
Judy Newton, president of the Newton Foundation, spearheaded the event, calling up various elected officials and local leaders to speak. One by one, they each expressed remorse for those who perished on that tragic day, including brave first responders who ran into the burning towers while others were running out.
As the service concluded, a light rain began to fall at which time a faint voice was heard saying, “Look, tears from above.”
The 9/11 Tribute was sponsored by the Newton Foundation and the Brooklyn Jefferson Lions Club. Co-sponsors included State Senator Roxanne Persaud, Assemblywomen Jaime Williams and Monique Chandler-Waterman, Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse and Community Board 18 District Manager Sue Ann Partnow. The event was held in partnership with the FDNY, NYPD (69th and 63rd Precinct Community Councils), Millennium Development, My Time Inc., Bayview Tenants Association, and the Flatlands, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach Civics.