9/11 Never Forget: New York City Commemoration Honoring Victims

NEW YORK (WABC) — Americans remembered 9/11 with muffled tributes and pleas to “never forget” 21 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum held its annual memorial ceremony to honor the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, aboard Flight 93, and those killed in the bombing of February 26, 1993 against the World Trade Center.

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff joined current New York City Mayor Eric Adams and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but by tradition no political figures speak at the ground zero ceremony.

The commemoration was for family members of the victims, who were again invited to participate in this year’s reading of names.

Bonita Mentis set out to read the names of the victims at the ground zero ceremony wearing a necklace with a picture of her slain sister, Shevonne Mentis, a 25-year-old Guyanese immigrant who worked for a financial company.

“It’s been 21 years, but it’s not 21 for us. It feels like yesterday,” Mentis said. “The wounds are still fresh.”

“No matter how many years have passed, no one can really understand what happened that day,” she added.

Like a growing number of those who read zero-sum names, the namesake nephew of firefighter Jimmy Riches had not yet been born when his parent died. But the boy took the podium to honor him.

“You are always in my heart. And I know you are watching over me,” he said after reading some of the victims’ names.

Readers often add personal remarks that form an alloy of American feelings about 9/11 — grief, anger, toughness, appreciation for first responders and the military, appeals to patriotism, hopes for peace, the occasional political jab, and a poignant narrative. graduation ceremonies. , weddings, births and daily newspapers that the victims missed. A few readers note recent events this year ranging from the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Some relatives also lament that a nation that united – to some extent – after the attacks has since splintered. So much so that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which were reshaped to focus on international terrorism after 9/11, now see the threat of domestic violent extremism as just as urgent.

“It took tragedy to unite us. It shouldn’t take another tragedy to unite us again,” said Andrew Colabella, whose cousin John DiGiovanni died in the 1993 bombing of the city. World Trade Center which presaged 9/11.

The niece of WABC-TV engineer Don DiFranco, one of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, paid tribute to her uncle during the reading of the names ceremony.

9/11 Memorial Names: A complete list of the names of the 2,983 victims can be found using the Memorial guide at names.911memorial.org.

VIDEOS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 CEREMONY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

  • New York 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Begins
  • 9/11 reading names: A to B
  • 9/11 reading names: C
  • 9/11 reading names: D to F
  • 9/11 reading names: G to H

    9/11 reading names: I to K

    9/11 reading names: L to Mc

    9/11 reading names: Me to O

    9/11 reading names: P to Ri

    9/11 reading names: Ro to S

    9/11 reading names: T to Z

    9/11 ceremony in New York comes to an end

    The tribute in light

    The Tribute in Light, with its beams of light shining in the night sky, will return in honor of all those killed on 9/11.

    Assembled on the roof of the battery parking garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon bulbs positioned in two 48 feet square, echoing the shape and orientation of the twin towers.

    The facility can also be seen within a 60 mile radius of Lower Manhattan.

    The lights will turn on from sunset on Sunday and turn off at dawn on September 12. There is no official program.

    The lights are best seen when it is completely dark.

    Eyewitness News will provide a live stream of the tribute wherever you broadcast ABC 7 New York.

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