Families of fallen heroes stood in solace with citywide leaders like Borough President Eric Adams on Wednesday, September 9 at Brooklyn Borough Hall’s first-ever 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, held at 9 a.m. in the rotunda.
“9/11 is a time to remember, a time to grieve, and a time to rededicate ourselves to the families of those we have lost, as well as those who have sacrificed so much to help us respond, recover and rebuild,” said Adams, who served as a New York City police officer during 9/11. “Our grief evolves into resolve as we strive to ensure that those who have suffered from 9/11-related illnesses in the months and years that followed that horrific day receive the help and support they deserve.”
Other speakers included City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill, FDNY Brooklyn Borough Command Chief Wayne Cartwright, and USAG Fort Hamilton Commander Colonel Joseph Davidson.
The event, commemorating the 14th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, featured interfaith prayer, readings and tributes by surviving family members, and selections performed by musicians from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
It concluded with a moment of silence at 9:59 a.m., coinciding with the time of Two World Trade Center’s collapse, followed by a lowering of the American flag atop Borough Hall and a placement of a remembrance wreath outside by Adams and the victims’ families.
“We are One Brooklyn, and we stand united and resolute on this solemn anniversary,” said Adams.