Brooklyn remembers 9/11 13 years later
With the 13th anniversary of 9/11 came a day of remembrance marked nationwide with a string of memorials and moments of silence held borough wide to commemorate the day, as New Yorkers proved, once again, that they will not falter in the wake of tragedy.
“Some of our guys lost family and friends on 9/11 but, at the end of the day, we’re all from New York and we all love this country,” said Rob, nicknamed “Burnout,” of the Hallowed Sons Motorcycle Club. The Bay Ridge-based club, for the first time ever, held a run through the streets of Bay Ridge to honor the lives lost and those living on in their memory.
“With everything going on, we just want to fly the American flag,” he said of the club-wide ride that kicked off at Fourth Avenue and Shore Road around 5 p.m. and ended at State Senator Marty Golden’s annual 9/11 memorial at the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue at 7:30 p.m. “We don’t feel the flag is flown enough.”
Nevertheless, the club was greeted by a sea of red, white and blue at the pier where Golden – joined by Emcee Bill Guarinello, colleagues in government, servicemen and women and the family and friends of lost loved ones, among others – honored the almost 3,000 victims killed that day as well as those that have perished in the years following with a number of speeches and patriotic song selections as well as a candle-lighting vigil and a 21-gun salute.