Sept. 11 memorial services around Brooklyn for 20th anniversary

Hundreds of southern Brooklynites came out to commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 last year.
Brooklyn Paper

This Sept. 11 marks two decades since terrorist attacks changed our city forever. While there are many services going on throughout our borough to honor the 20th anniversary, they might look a bit different than in previous years as the Delta variant has again threatened the full reopening of New York City.

Many commemorations are still happening in person, some include a virtual option, and a few known from previous years are closed to the public this time around, but here is our list of 9/11 memorials happening around Brooklyn: 

Bay Ridge

American Veterans Memorial Pier (69th Street and Shore Road) on Sept. 11 at 7 pm. 

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Councilmember Justin Brannan will partner with NIA Community Services Network to host a candlelight vigil at the Bay Ridge pier. The yearly remembrance will honor all those lost in and after September 2001. The event will be live-streamed on the elected officials’ Facebook pages.

Brooklyn Heights 

The Oratory Parish of Assumption (55 Cranberry St.) on Sept.11 at 11 am.

The Oratory Parish of Assumption in Brooklyn Heights will host a solemn mass honoring the firefighters of local FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118 who were lost responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Canarsie Park (Seaview Avenue and E. 84th Steet) on Sept. 11 at 2 pm

Canarsie’s elected officials are hosting a Sept. 11 remembrance with COVID-19 guidelines in place. 

Coney Island 

The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance at Maimonides Park (1904 Surf Ave.) on Sept. 10 at 5:30 pm and 7 pm. 

Special music will be played to honor and celebrate the lives of the first responders to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks starting at 5:30 pm, followed by a candlelight ceremony at 7 pm. Candles will be provided. 

Dyker Heights

St. Ephrem Parish (929 Bay Ridge Parkway) on Sept. 11 at 5 pm. 

A special memorial mass will start outside St. Ephrem Parish in Dyker Heights with prayers, songs and blessings of the memorial stones. The services will be led inside for the full mass.

Mckinley Park (Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway) on Sept. 10 at 7 pm

E&J Boutique is hosting a candlelight vigil at the park in Dyker Heights on the eve of Sept. 11. The event is also sponsored by the Dyker Heights Civic Association. 

Fort Hamilton 

US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton (114 White Ave.) on Sept. 10 at 11 am. Masks required.  

Fort Hamilton will host a brief ceremony followed by a wreath-laying to commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The event will include a roll call of fallen military members and veterans who were first responders, including the guest of honor FDNY Firefighter Joseph Esposito of Rescue 5 in Staten Island. The event will also be live-streamed on Fort Hamilton’s Facebook page

Gerritsen Beach

In Marine Park at Gerritsen Avenue and Cyrus Avenue on Sept. 11 at 6:30 pm

Gerritsen Beach, a neighborhood where many first responders reside, hosts an annual commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attack at their local memorial on the Gerritsen Beach side of Marine Park. 

Marine Park 

Carmine Carro Community Center (3000 Fillmore Avenue) on Sept. 11 at 5 pm. 

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, Assemblymembers Jaime Williams and Helene Weinstein, and Councilmember Alan Maisel are hosting an outdoor vigil at the Marine Park community center near the flagpole to pay tribute to those lost 20 years ago. 

Update (Sept. 10 at 1 pm): The story has been updated to correct the date of the 9/11 commemoration in  Gerritsen Beach which is on Sept. 11.