Dozens of Port Authority police officers and employees gathered on Wednesday to remember their colleagues, who lost their lives on September 11. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
The Port Authority Police Pipes and Drums and its Honor Guard marched into St. Peter's Catholic Church on Wednesday, as employees from the agency were remembered.
It was a time to reflect on the lives lost to the September 11th attacks, but also a chance to look towards the future.
"Our staff, many with heavy hearts, has made rebuilding the site more than a project of bricks and mortar. Many of you have made this a personal commitment to the lasting memory of your fallen colleagues," said Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye.
"I salute them every day. I'm very proud of being here. I'm very proud of following in their footsteps," said Port Authority Police Officer Fabian Landa.
"It will never be complete. For our work, our real mission is the work of remembering and that work must continue," said Port Authority Chairman David Samson.
Eighty-four port authority employees died on 9/11, and 37 of them were police officers.
Deputy Chief Ramon Martinez lost many friends and colleagues on that horrible day, an experience he hopes he won't have to relive.
"We become more of a family, more dedicated, and because of that, we became a better department as far as training to stop terrorism, to get better type of training against active shooters, suicide bombers," Martinez said.
New tenants are expected to start moving into 1 World Trade Center next year, and for many members of the Port Authority family, the sight of the new building is encouraging.
"Look how far we came from it being destroyed to now look where it is now," Catherine Foreman, who lost her brother on September 11.
Q: Is that a positive sign for you?
"Very positive sign, yes," Foreman said.
"They look around, and they look at the surrounding, and they see the improvements and the changes, and you know what? It means life, and that's what it's about," said Port Authority Police Chief Louie Koumoutsos.