Still standing: Bay Ridge remembers 9-11 at Veterans Pier

In the spotlight: Therese Panicali belts out “Amazing Grace” as One World Trade Center shines like a beacon in the distance at the 9-11 anniversary commemoration at 69th Street Pier.
Photo by Jason Speakman

They haven’t forgotten — and they never will.

Hundreds of Ridgites came together to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks at a ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Pier on the evening of Sept. 11. The neighborhood’s continued annual observance of the attacks is proof that Bay Ridge still stands united almost a decade-and-a-half after the attacks, the event’s sponsor said.

“Tonight, we continue to show terrorists across the globe that despite their cowardly attempts to destroy our great nation, brave Americans stood tall, and we are more united than ever,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge). “We will continue to honor the memories of those that have given their lives and continue to give their lives this very day from Sept. 11.”

The memorial on the pier at 69th Street provided a clear view of One World Trade Center, which was illuminated in twin columns of white light on the occasion, recalling the fallen Twin Towers.

Attendees held a candle-light vigil and sang patriotic songs led by Therese Panicali of St. Anselm Chruch and retired U.S. Army sergeant Louis Licalzi. National Guard riflemen fired a three-volley salute in honor of the nearly 3,000 dead.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Not too young to care: Nine-year-old Victoria Thomas of Bay Ridge keeps a silent vigil.
Photo by Jason Speakman

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