PHOTOS: Bay Ridge remembers 9/11 at 69th Street Pier memorial

Fifteen years later, Bay Ridge is more united than ever.

Families of fallen heroes, local residents, elected officials from both sides of the aisle, veterans from across the state and more gathered at the American Veterans Memorial Pier at 69th Street on Sunday, September 11 to join State Senator Marty Golden as he presented the 15th Annual September 11 Memorial.

“It’s hard to believe that 15 years have passed since that day that changed our country forever,” said Golden to a packed pier. “Those who were infants are now teenagers. Those who were in college are now in the workforce and supporting a family. Many who walked home from work that day are now retired. Many things have changed but what remains constant is our resolve to show terrorists across this world that despite their cowardly attempt to destroy our nation, brave Americans continue to stand tall, shoulder to shoulder. Just look around this place right now.”

Complete with prayer, musical selections and a 21 gun salute by the New York City Recruiting Battalion, the memorial brought both the young and old together in solidarity.

The remembrance concluded with Taps, performed by the Xaverian High School band, followed by “Amazing Grace” as performed by Xaverian High School Pipe and Drums, a closing prayer by Chaplain Major Donald Ehrke, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton and a closing song presented by Sergeant Louis Licalzi.

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