Elected Officials, Loved Ones Honor Port Authority's 9/11 Losses
On Sunday, those whose loved ones worked for the Port Authority and died on September 11th joined together at St. Peter's Church in Lower Manhattan for an interfaith service. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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On Sunday, St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan celebrated the 84 lives taken on September 11th from among those who worked for the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that runs the World Trade Center.
"We live knowing that evil will never prevail, that we're able to overcome evil with goodness," said the Reverend Vicente Martinez, a Port Authority Police Department chaplain.
While the heartache has barely dimmed, a decade later the next generation lives with purpose. Robert Cirri Jr. was 17 when his father was killed rescuing people from the Twin Towers, and now Cirri is a police officer himself.
"I wanted to follow in his footsteps and the best way to do it was to become a police officer and to make him proud," said Cirri.
On the church steps, Keith Kimberly was promoted to a captain in the U.S. Navy, moments before the reading of the name of his cousin, Port Authority Executive Director Neil Levin, who was among those killed.
"Well, it's an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the men and women who have come before us, and those who are serving in the military today," said Kimberly.
The church carries deep significance, as it is just up Church Street from the towers, and was a place of prayer and grief in the days following the terror attack.
"It is here that families who came searching found a word of consolation and encouragement. It is here that strangers found hospitality," said New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan
Speakers stressed at the ceremony stressed there is life in Lower Manhattan now, epitomized by the rising steel.
"The Lower Manhattan that surrounds us today is alive and crackling with energy and vitality, and no longer bears the visible scars of our city's great tragedies, and that makes our responsibility to always remember what happened here all the greater," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"Our work has redeemed us the living and the service of those who went before," said Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy attended in place of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Before Sunday, no New York or New Jersey governor had missed the service of the bi-state agency.