They said to never forget — and we haven’t.
Yesterday, hundreds of Brooklynites assembled at parks, piers, and institutions across the borough to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Firefighters from Engine 246 Ladder 169 in Brighton Beach joined flag-waving patriots at Sheepshead Bay’s Bill Brown Park for the annual tribute, held in a ball field against the backdrop of a giant mural dedicated to the deceased.
Among this year’s attendees were Brooklynites who were not even born when the attacks happened.
At Marine Park, Jacqueline Cox, 9, proudly donned the hat of her firefighter father, while girls scouts from Troop 2511 released yellow balloons into the air.
Army service members continued the sobering rites at Fort Hamilton Army Base, where soldiers and personnel raised the flag to mark the memories.
Nora Dessi of Queens grew misty-eyed in front of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, as she fingered the plaque of fire department Lt. Michael Russo, her late son-in-law, and worried that memory of the attacks might fade.
“Will the next generation continue the memorials, or will they forget?” she asked.
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