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Where to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 in Brooklyn

Where to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 in Brooklyn

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A 2015 commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary in Bay Ridge.
Filed photo by Jason Speakman

Brooklynites are gearing up to host various events around the borough this week to commemorate the 19th anniversary of 9/11. 

The solemn ceremonies come amid a new crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which has similarly claimed the lives of thousands of New Yorkers, including many first responders. 

Below are a select few events scheduled for this week, which will mostly be held in large, outdoor venues to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

South Brooklyn 9/11 anniversary vigils 

Local elected officials in southern Brooklyn are sponsoring two vigils to mark the anniversary. 

The first, sponsored by State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Assemblywoman Jaime Williams, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and Councilman Alan Maisel will take place at Marine Park at 5 pm. 

A second evening vigil, sponsored by Gounardes and Councilman Justin Brannan, will take place at 7:30 pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier in Bay Ridge.

Marine Park 9/11 vigil, Marine Park Carmine Carro Center, near the flagpole, Sept. 11 at 5 pm. 

Bay Ridge vigil, American Veterans Memorial Pier, 69th St. and Shore Rd, Sept. 11 7:30 pm. 

A hands over their hearts: Local Girl Scouts lead the pledge of allegiance during the annual Memorial Ceremony for 9/11 at Marine Park in 2017.Photo by Jon Farina

Wall of Remembrance 

In acting with social distancing regulations, the Brooklyn Wall at Coney Island’s MCU Park will forgo its annual candlelight ceremony, and will instead hold an observance for mourners to stop by the wall to light a candle, say a prayer, and pay their respects. 

Walk and Prayer at Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, 1904 Surf Ave. near Coney Island Boardwalk, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm. 

Fort Hamilton ceremony 

The Fort Hamilton Military Garrison in Bay Ridge will commemorate the 9/11 anniversary with a brief wreath-laying ceremony on Sept. 10, featuring remarks from US Army Jason Otaño, a Brooklyn native who lost his father, FDNY Firefighter Adolfo Otaño in 2013 from cancer resultant from toxins at Ground Zero. 

The ceremony is invite-only due to social distancing restrictions, but members of the public can live stream the ceremony on Facebook. 

Fort Hamilton 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony, Sept. 10 at 11 am. Livestream on Facebook

Gerritsen Beach ceremony

Gerritsen Beach locals will hold a short memorial ceremony on Sept. 11 in front of the 9/11 memorial on Gerritsen Avenue in front of the Gerritsen Beach Little League Field. 

Gerritsen Beach 9/11 Memorial, Sept. 11 at 6:30 pm. Gerritsen Avenue between Cyrus and Seba Avenues. 

Feltman’s fundraiser

Coney Island hot dog connoisseurs Michael and Joe Quinn revived the hot dog franchise Feltman’s in 2015 to honor their brother Jimmy Quinn, who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Each year they have gathered at Citi Field in matching shirts with friends and family for the annual Jimmy Quinn Mets Game, and again on the 9/11 anniversary to read his name during a memorial ceremony. 

With Citi Field closed to fans this year, Feltman’s is instead offering the 19th Annual Jimmy Quinn Baseball Game Fundraiser Package, which includes Feltman’s hot dogs, buns, and a memorial t-shirt. The group will donate all proceeds to charity.

Online fundraiser. Visit Feltman’s website for more info.

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