Around The City, Memorials Honor 9/11's Uniformed Responders
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Four years after so many of New York City's uniformed responders made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001, those lost were honored Sunday in a series of memorials.
On Sunday afternoon, a memorial service was held for the 84 Port Authority workers who perished in the terror attacks. The ceremony was held at St. Peter's Church, just down the street from the World Trade Center site.
"It's very emotional, but it feels good to be here and to know that I'm with them," said Angela Donohue, who survived the attacks.
Port Authority workers and relatives of victims were joined at the ceremony by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Meanwhile, fire officials took a special moment to remember their fallen brothers as Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Peter Hayden, and other officials laid a wreath at the Firefighters Memorial Monument on Riverside Drive.
"It is a day to remember and to honor the memory of all of our people and all of the first responders lost on 9/11, and all those who were in the Trade Center that day," Scoppetta said.
The FDNY lost 343 firefighters in the attacks of 9/11.
The victims of 9/11 were also honored by Edward Cardinal Egan during his Sunday mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
The cardinal praised the heroes of September 11th, including the city's police, firefighters, emergency workers and health care professionals.
"They took the situation at hand, and they turned tragedy into a drama of heroism that even today baffles the world," Egan said.