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9/11 Victims Honored
SEPTEMBER.11.2005 TIME IS 6:30PM
The country marked the four-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks today
in familiar ways - the readings of long lists of the victims, the black bands worn across shined
badges, the framed portraits of loved ones - all while facing its latest
tragedy, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
It was a day of grief remembered against a backdrop of new loss. It was all but impossible to isolate
one event from the other, the country's greatest catastrophe in memory and the one that came
before it. From a ceremony at ground zero to a worship service in Washington, speakers paused
to mention the hurricane's victims, while rescue workers slogging through New Orleans observed
moments of silence for their fallen colleagues now four years gone.
A few blocks from where hijackers slammed jetliners into the two towers of the World Trade
Center, a rudimentary collection jar - a cardboard box with a slit cut into the top - on the
countertop of a deli asked for donations; they were not intended for Lower Manhattan, but for
the Hurricane Katrina survivors, and a sign promised that "Fancy Food will match every dollar you give."
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in his short address at ground zero, alluded to the deadly storm,
as well as the July 11 terrorist bombings in London. "Today, as we recite the names of those
we lost, our hearts turn as well toward London, our sister city, remembering those she has
just lost as well. And to Americans suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, our
deepest sympathies go out to you this day."
New York Gov. George Pataki, New Jersey Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey, Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also made remarks
at the ceremony, which lasted more than four hours under a bright, sunny sky.
In Washington D.C., where 189 people were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 struck
the Pentagon, President Bush and Laura Bush attended a morning service at St. Johns Episcopal
Church at Lafayette Square., along with Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne.
The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, quoting Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" in his sermon,
spoke of becoming strong again in broken places, namely New York and New Orleans.
Later the Bushes and the Cheneys held their hands over their hearts as they observed a
moment of silence on the South Lawn.
In Shanksville, Pa.., where a fourth airliner crashed after passengers stormed the hijackers
in the cockpit, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said, "They were innocent lives taken by incredible evil."
In New York, firefighters and police officers gathered outside their firehouses and precinct
houses at 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower, to read the
names of the fallen. This year, 300 officers marked the anniversary in New Orleans,
where they have helped patrol the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods in the past week.
A group of officers lined up outside a makeshift headquarters in Harahan, La., and read
the names of the fallen police officers from Sept. 11.
"We said we'd never forget," said Inspector Michael V. Quinn. "What we showed here
today is that we still remember those who lost their lives on September 11th."
Hard work eased the pain of the day. Officer Joseph Stynes, who works in the Bronx
Anti-Crime unit in New York, said he was so busy working that thoughts of the
anniversary had not occurred to him until the ceremony took place. "I was thinking
about things down here, more so, than what happened there," he said.
Elsewhere in New Orleans, about 50 emergency management and military personnel
participated in a brief but emotional ceremony at City Hall, where generators run the
limited power supply and scores of people spend each night on cots or the floor.
John Paczkowski, the emergency management director for the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, presented Col. Terry J. Ebbert, head of homeland security for New Orleans,
with a flag depicting abstract images of the twin towers and the American flag.
"We can't imagine the level of devastation that has hit your city," said Mr. Paczkowski,
who escaped from 1 World Trade Center minutes before the building collapsed.To be sure,
the anniversary ceremonies maintained the same focus of remembrance as in years past. Ground
zero became an island of emotion separate from the rest of the world - at least for more than four
hours. Listening to the hypnotic rhythm of first, middle, and last names read from podiums near the
pit, it seemed at times impossible that four years had passed, as voice after voice cracked with emotion
For the first time, siblings of the victims read the names, a new face of pain; parents and children have
read in past years. They threaded personal remarks among the names: "I miss talking with you.
I miss laughing with you." "Shake it easy, Sal." "We miss you, bro. Be safe." "Help Katrina hurricane victims also."
Many of the family members wore T-shirts, buttons or signs with their relative's picture on it. A
few American flags sprinkled throughout the crowd, but most family members just wore
the gold and white ribbons city officials gave them at check in.
The family of Manuel DeValle Jr., a firefighter, gathered his framed photograph and their
FDNY shirts that bear his name and made their way first to Woodlawn Cemetery, which
opens early on Sept. 11 for family members, and then hurried toward ground zero on
the subway to get there before 8:46 a.m. A cousin, Marisol Torres, 39, wore a sheen
of dust from the cemetery on her black shoes.
"I think it becomes more of a ritual, but your feelings don't go away," she said. "It's still fresh.
It's still raw."
Jessica Correa, 21, lost her brother Danny, 25, who was an intern at Marsh & McLennan
and was finishing his bachelor's degree at Berkeley College in Paramus, N.J. "He was just
getting started," she said. "He could have been the brightest star."
Mr. Correa had a daughter named Katrina, who is now about 7 years old, but the little girl
and her mother are estranged from the Correa family. When the family heard of the news
of the hurricane's devastation, there was a wave of dizzying emotions.
"It was just really, really strange," Ms. Correa said. "It comes so close to September 11,
and there's a hurricane named after her. It brought back so much. The posting of the names,
people looking for their families, children looking for their parents. Whether it's hatred or
whether it's a natural disaster, there's still lives destroyed."
Brother David Schlatter, a Franciscan friar from Wilmington, Del., stood at the corner of
Cortlandt and Church Streets and rang a 5,000-pound brass bell mounted on a trailer,
once for each victim of the attacks. "Throughout the centuries, humanity has used bells for
special moments," he said. "It resonates deeply with the human spirit."
Five cooks from the Millennium Hilton across from Ground Zero stepped outside in
their white uniforms to pay tribute to their 75 lost colleagues from the Windows of the
World restaurant in the World Trade Center. "Including my best friend," said Musleh Ahmed, 46.
This afternoon, more than 200 bands in 20 parks - including Central Park, Union Square
and Washington Square - played what was collectively called the September Concert, intended to,
in the words of an organizer, Robert Varkovy, 43, "celebrate universal humanity
and fill the sky with music instead of tears."
Remembering the day was different for some this year in another way, with enlargements
and shifts in emphasis. When the city released thousands of interviews with police officers,
firefighters and rescue workers in August, some family members of the deceased learned for
the first time how they died. Meanwhile, controversy and heated emotions continued
to swirl around what will become of the World Trade Center site, from the design of the
building - revamped in June for security purposes - to the placement of memorials.
Memorial services were also held in unexpected places around the world.
In Keshcarrigan, Ireland, more than 200 people marched behind local firemen and a
bagpipe band to unveil a stone bench and plaque on a lakeshore, dedicated to the Rev.
Mychal F. Judge, the Catholic priest and Fire Department chaplain who was
among the first responders to die.
Father Judge's father, who died when the chaplain was a young boy, lived at the site
by the lake before he emigrated to the United States in 1926, so Mychal felt a particular
attachment to the place, family friends said. A cook rose early to start spit-roasting an
enormous 130-pound pig in the backyard of Gerty's Pub, to feed the crowd after the formalities.
"He'd love all the fuss," said Liam Coleman, a lieutenant with the New York fire department,
vacationing in Ireland. "He didn't mind the spotlight at all."
In Kenya, a country hit twice by Qaeda bombers, a memorial service was held in Nairobi.
Ben Ole Koissaba complained that the United States has yet to collect the 14 cows that
the Masai donated to the country in 2002. "If they aren't going to accept the gift, they
should be checking the animals from time to time, or they should give them back," he said.
At Ground Zero, Chris Burke, the founder and chief executive officer of Tuesday's
Children, which provides counseling and assistance to children who lost parents in the
attack, and who himself lost a brother, Thomas, said this anniversary was different for another reason.
"This year, for the first time, there is laughter and smiles through the tears," he said. "The
realities have sunk in. This is time you decide whether you will mire yourself in 9/11
or if you will live and go on with the rest of your life. That's what my brother would have
wanted. That's what every brother would have wanted."
He motioned to one of the white tents where the siblings gathered as they waited to
recite their names. "People are telling stories in there," he said. "That hasn't really
happened before. This should be an affirmation of life."
Families Mark 9/11 With
SEP.11.2005 TIME IS 3:34PM
NEW YORK - Weeping relatives marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack Sunday
with prayers, solemn remembrances and heartfelt messages to their dead brothers and
sisters at the site where the World Trade Center collapsed in a nightmarish
cloud of dust and debris four years ago.
In a ceremony lasting longer than four hours, more than 600 relatives read the names of the 2,749
victims who died at the trade center. Several blew kisses to the sky after reading a loved one's name,
while others left the microphone sobbing. Several held up photos of their loved ones.
"We miss you Charlie and we love you, your boys will always remember," Peggy Garbarini
told her brother, Fire Lt. Charles William Garbarini, who was 44 when he died at the trade center.
The ceremony came as Hurricane Katrina left Americans once again struggling with a catastrophe
that caught the nation unprepared and left citizens dead and grieving. Mayor Michael
Bloomberg opened the ceremony with words of condolence for those devastated by the hurricane.
In New Orleans, New York firefighters helping with the relief effort gathered around a makeshift
memorial for their fallen comrades, accepting the gift of a bell from a nearby church whose steeple
was destroyed in the storm. Rescue workers in Biloxi, Miss., took a break from searching for
the storm's missing to remember those who died on Sept. 11.
For the local emergency workers, honoring their New York comrades while dealing with their
own destruction was particularly important. "Now we can relate," said Deputy
Biloxi Fire Chief Kirk Noffsinger.
At ground zero, the names of the dead echoed across the site one by one.
"You're taking care of us from heaven but someday we'll be together," Iliani Flores said,
choking up and raising her face to the sky in memory of her younger brother, a fire
"My big sister, my better half, life will never be the same without you," Rolando Moreno
said to Yvette Moreno, who worked for a brokerage in the north tower.
As the names were read, weeping mourners filed down a ramp to a reflecting memorial
pool at the floor of the site, which remains virtually empty four years after the attack. Families
filled the water with red, orange and yellow roses, some shaking as they inscribed dedications
on the wooden edge of the pool.
The ceremony paused for moments of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time at which a hijacked
jetliner crashed into the north tower; at 9:03 a.m., the moment a second plane struck the south
tower; at 9:59 a.m., when the south tower fell; and at 10:29 a.m., when the second tower collapsed.
"Mom and Dad ache for you every minute," Linda Giammona-Julian said to her brother,
Vincent Giammona, one of 343 firefighters killed. "We love you and we miss you; til we meet again."
Secretary of Stateread a poem by Christina Rossetti after the second moment
of silence. Gov. George E. Pataki, formerand New Jersey
Acting Gov. Richard Codey also addressed the crowd.
"We all stand together to help each other and to help those who need our help in the future,"
Giuliani said. "We remember forever all the brothers and sisters that we lost on that day."
In Washington,marked the anniversary with his wife on the South Lawn,
and thousands of people marched in remembrance of the attacks and in tribute to troops fighting overseas.
And in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 1,000 people attended a memorial service in the field
where Flight 93 crashed after it was hijacked by terrorists.
"The first heroes of 9/11 were here," said Brian Rohrbaugh, who brought his wife and young
children to remember the 40 passengers and crew who died as they struggled with hijackers for control of the plane.
Parents and grandparents read the victims' names at ground zero last year, while children's
voices were heard in 2003. A selection of politicians, relatives and others read the names
on the first anniversary.
Two light beams inspired by the twin towers were to shoot skyward Sunday night in an echo
of the towers' silhouette. The "Tribute in Light" will fade away at dawn on Monday
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