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Bronx ceremonies mark solemn occasion, lives lost on September 11th, 2001

Borough hosts plethora of 9/11 remembrances, ceremonies

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The borough has no shortage of memorials recalling the tragic events and heroism of September 11th 2001.

On the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the borough will come together once again to remember those who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil.

Events are planned around the borough both on the anniversary of the actual event on Tuesday, September 11 and also in the days preceding and following.

A remembrance of September 11th takes place every year at a permanent memorial on Jacobi Medical Center’s campus, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“We mourn the fallen, we grieve with the loved ones they left behind and we honor their memory,” reads a Jacobi statement.

The Jacobi memorial includes the names of all the people who either lived or worked in the borough who died.

Silvio Mazzella, Jacobi Community Advisory Board chairman, said that the Citizens Advisory Board hosts the event each year because 9/11 is an important part of history.

“We are remembering those that were actually sacrificed and the suffering their families went through as well,” he said.

Sylvia Lask, Jacobi CAB Special Events Committee chairwoman, said she received permission to leave rehabilitation to attend the ceremony because she feels so strongly about it.

“Many people on our staff lost people on 9/11 and I feel we owe it to them and the people who perished on 9/11,” said Lask.

Hutchinson Metro Center will hold a service on Thursday, September 13 at 11 a.m. at a permanent memorial located at the entrance to the Marriot at 1776 Eastchester Road.

Joe Kelleher, Simone Metro Properties president, said that so far over 50 representatives of agencies and law enforcement have RSVP’d for HMC event, which takes place at a memorial dedicated in 2017 that contains a piece of original World Trade Center steel.

Kelleher said that 9/11 was an event that shook us to the core and that many at the office complex had a first hand experience with the events of that day.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Supreme Court of Bronx County host their annual September 11th Day of Remembrance at Lou Gehrig Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

Diaz encouraged all to recall what was lost and reflect on the definition of sacrifice and what it means to be an American.

“Each year, we come together to remember those we lost on 9/11 and to share with one another the feelings and emotions that are brought to the surface during this commemorat­ion,” said Diaz.

Before the anniversary, Senator Jeff Klein will host an 8th Annual First Responder Appreciation BBQ on Saturday, September 8 at SUNY Maritime.

“My annual First Responders Barbecue is a way to give thanks and remember the first responders and their families, who sacrificed everything for our community on September 11th” said Klein.

As of press time, supporters of the annual Throggs Neck 9/11 memorial, which typically takes place at sunset on September 11, were still in the process of determining the specifics for this year.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.
Posted 12:00 am, September 8, 2018
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