On The 15th Anniversary Of 9/11

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Today marks 15 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. We’re thinking about the entire community who suffered unspeakable loss and express deep gratitude to the community who came together in the face of tremendous adversity.

In addition to visiting the 9/11 Memorial site, the Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and pledging to do a good deed, here are some ways to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who helped on that day:

  • The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting its annual memorial and candlelight vigil at Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, at 7pm, rain or shine.
  • State Senator Martin Golden will host two memorials: in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue.
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park. The park is at Ocean Parkway and Surf Avenue, by the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk.
  • At 4pm, Church of Saint Ann will present the Grace and Spiritus Chorale’s Memorial Concert, with poetry and specially composed music selections. The church is located at 175 Montague Street.
  • Bargemusic will hold a free Memorial Concert at 4pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring music by Music by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bottoms, Mozart and Schlefer No reserved seating; doors open at 3:30pm.

If you know of a local memorial service that we missed, please E-mail us at editor@parkslopestoop.com or let us know in the comments.

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  • Emerald5Forever

    Thank you for posting this. I was only a kid when the towers came down, but I remember how parents were hurrying to my school and picking their kids up (my dad came as well). Though my parents said nothing, I remember turning on the television and seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers. There was so much chaos/confusion. It was a horrible day.

    • Sean F

      It was, indeed, a horrible day. Standing on the street, north of the towers, watching the second plane hit. Then watching the towers fall, wondering which of my family and friends were still inside. Then trying to get back to Brooklyn to my kids (thankfully picked up from school by my dad, who needed to be distracted that day because he’d only just retired from the PA recently, and he’d had an office in the towers). The smell of the fires. The ash falling around us. Horrible.

      And last night, as on every 9/11 since, I stepped out on my porch to see the Ground Zero lights shining in the sky. From my porch, the angle is such that they appear to come directly out of the chimney of a house down the street from me. A house that was, in 2001, owned by a NY firefighter, who lost his life on that day. It’s a very moving reminder of the sacrifices so many people made that day – first responders and the civilians who just showed up for work in those buildings that day.

      Last week, the first class of students entered high school who were not alive on 9/11/01. May they never know a day as dark as we knew.