Ceremonies For 9/11
In two separate ceremonies at Borough Hall last Thursday, the nearly 2,800 individuals known to have died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, 203 of whom were residents of Queens, were remembered.
The first ceremony, on the steps of Borough Hall, started at 8:46 a.m., the moment when the first of two hijacked passenger aircraft was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Another passenger aircraft flew into the North Tower moments later. Borough President Helen Marshall called for a moment of silence and then presided over reading of the list of the names of the 203 victims, which included civilians and the police, firefighters and EMS personnel who died trying to bring them to safety. Anyone who wished to could come forward to read 10 of the names at a time.
The second ceremony took place on the terrace at the back of Borough Hall at 4 p.m. Commanders of the borough’s uniformed forces joined with Marshall in paying homage to the dead. State Senator Frank Padavan and Congressmember Anthony Weiner were among the elected officials who joined Marshall at the ceremony.