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Brooklyn victims honored at Borough Hall 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 8, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Borough President Eric Adams points to names on the newly unveiled banner. Photos: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined victims’ families and first responders at his third annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall to honor those lost on that tragic day nearly 16 years ago.

For the first time, a banner with the names of all 266 Brooklyn residents who died that day was unveiled at the top of the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, and will remain on display until Monday, Sept. 11. This banner will serve as a permanent memorial to be displayed annually, enabling the victims’ loved ones and all Brooklynites to pay their respects in years to come. 

The event featured interfaith prayer, readings and tributes by surviving family members and selections from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The banner of names was unveiled ahead of the first moment of silence at 9:59 a.m., coinciding with the time of the South Tower collapse, followed by the lowering of the American flag atop Brooklyn Borough Hall as well as the placement of a remembrance wreath outside the building by Adams and victims’ families. A second moment of silence at 10:28 a.m. coincided with the North Tower collapse.

During the ceremony, Adams presented a check to the Leon W. Smith Jr. Foundation, named after firefighter Leon W. Smith Jr., who tragically lost his life saving others on that fateful day.

Joining Adams were keynote speakers NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, as well as NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, U.S. Army Colonel Peter Sicoli and FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard.

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