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9/11 memorials to be held across Brooklyn

September 6, 2019 Victor Porcelli

New York City will observe the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Wednesday.

In the days leading up, communities around the borough are hosting memorials to remember those who died. Here’s what’s happening around Brooklyn:

Fort Hamilton

When: Friday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m.

Who: The U.S. Army Garrison

Where: Fort Hamilton

What: An annual 9/11 Commemorative Memorial Ceremony. Fort Hamilton is the only active military base in New York City. Its ceremony often includes a moment of silence and a bugle performance of “Retreat.”

Marine Park

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

Who: Brooklyn State Sen. Gounardes

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Where: Carmine Carro Community Center

What: A candlelit vigil, including a 21-gun salute and a candle-lighting.

Bay Ridge

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Who: Brooklyn State Sen. Gounardes

Where: 69th Street Pier on Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road

What: A candlelit vigil, including a 21-gun salute and a candle-lighting.

Sheepshead Bay

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Who: The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee

Where: Bill Brown Park. Attendees will meet at the handball court on the corner of Avenue X and Bedford Avenue.

What: A candlelit vigil. The court is home to a mural painted by Brooklynite Ray Fiore after he spent three days volunteering at Ground Zero. It includes the names of over 400 South Brooklyn residents lost in the attacks as well as a painting of the American flag.

Coney Island

When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

Who: New York City Fire Department and the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance

Where: MCU Park’s Wall of Remembrance. Those interested can meet at the memorial at 1904 Surf Ave.

What: The Night Before Candlelight Ceremony. The wall is engraved with images of 346 firefighters, 37 Port Authority officers, 23 New York City police officers, three New York State officers, one member of the New York Fire Patrol and one rescue dog. This year, the ceremony will use electric candles and will have Fire Department chaplains present.


When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Who: The September 11 Family Group, a nonprofit organization that unites families of the victims.

Where: Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park

What: The Commemoration Ceremony. This year’s ceremony will include candle-lighting, a laying-the-flowers ceremony, a Color Guard presentation and speeches from 9/11 family members, major supporters of the memorial and clergy.

Brooklyn Heights

When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.

Who: Assumption Roman Catholic Church

Where: 55 Cranberry St.

What: The Mass of Remembrance, dedicated to the firemen from the Engine Co. 205/Hook and Ladder 118 firehouse on Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. All eight firefighters who were on duty the day of the attacks lost their lives. While administering last rites to victims, Fr. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest, was also killed. The mass will also honor Fr. Judge.


When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.

Who: Engine 205/Ladder 118 Firehouse

Where: 74 Middagh St.

What: Engine 205/Ladder 118 will be holding its annual solemn remembrance in the firehouse in Brooklyn Heights. All eight firefighters who were on duty the day of the attacks lost their lives. While administering last rites to victims, Fr. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest, was also killed.


When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Who: Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association

Where: Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Montague Street

What: An annual evening prayer service.


When: Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Who: The Brooklyn Historical Society

Where: 128 Pierrepont St.

What: A screening, in real time, of Wolfgange Staehle’s work, “2001,” a visual recording of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Staehle had set up cameras in Brooklyn to record a day in the life of New York City; instead, they recorded the attacks and their aftermath. The screening will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue till 7 p.m. Following the screening, there will be a discussion, beginning at 7 p.m., moderated by Jessica Chen, senior director of public and professional programs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, with a panel of writers, Garrett Graff, Giannina Braschi and Lorem Ipsum.

Dyker Heights

When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.

Who: St. Ephrem’s Church

Where: Fort Hamilton Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway

What: An annual ceremony, in which participants will attend a Mass before heading outside, where the church has installed a statue of Jesus holding the Twin Towers.

Red Hook

When: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

Who: Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Where: The Brooklyn entrance to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel

What: The 18th Annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k Run & Walk. Stephen Siller was an FDNY firefighter who died trying to rescue survivors. The run retraces his final footsteps, beginning at the Brooklyn entrance to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and finishing across from the World Trade Center at West and Murray streets. It will be followed by a barbecue and concert; 30,000 participants are expected to attend. The event honors all first responders, and this year will for the first time also include tributes to service men and women killed in the line of duty since 9/11; their faces will be displayed on banners held by ROTC Cadets. For information on participating, see here.

Additional reporting by Noah Singer.

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