All eyes were on Lower Manhattan Saturday night as the "Tribute In Light" faded under the skies where the Twin Towers once stood. NY1's Grant Greenberg filed the following report.
The names of the 274 people from Staten Island killed in the terror attacks nine years ago were read aloud Saturday at a memorial overlooking the World Trade Center site.
Borough President James Molinaro said he is as angry now as he was when he saw the towers collapse, but hopes the St. George monument helps people heal.
"What it is is 274 birthdays, hundreds of weddings and bar mitzvahs and christenings. And that is why any given day that you pass it and stop you will see three or four people there paying tribute," Molinaro said.
Staten Island resident Lisa Grissler paid tribute to her aunt by placing a rose by her name like so many have done over the years.
"It's very emotional as it is throughout the entire year, but to come here and actually have a place to mourn her. If you're having a bad day, you're feeling sad, you can come and talk to her and it's a little relief," Grissler said.
As music played and the sun slowly set over Staten Island, from Brooklyn and throughout the city, many could see "Tribute in Light" -- two beams reaching skyward evoking the twin towers and serving as rays of hope for many.
"It reminds us of the towers and it's a way of commemorating 9/11in a very meaningful way," said one city resident.
Never forgetting and fighting for freedom were just some of the messages Mayor Michael Bloomberg spread to Staten Island and throughout the city.
"There may still be a hole in the city's heart form 9/11, I don't think we can ever change that. But we can fill hole with memories, prayers and new hope for the future," said the mayor.