The recitations of the nearly 3,000 names of the dead rose toward a cloudy sky over lower Manhattan Sunday morning like an epic poem chronicling one of America’s saddest days.
“September 11, 2001, touched every single one of us,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday during a memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the city’s fire department.
“There is no New Yorker who somehow evaded the pain of that day. We all felt it. We all were affected. Everyone felt it. Everyone suffered.”
At the World Trade Center, 2,753 people were killed when the hijacked jetliners were intentionally flown into the towers.
Among those who died were 343 firefighters, 23 police officers and 37 officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
At Sunday’s memorial service in New York, surviving relatives stepped to the microphones in pairs at the spot where the towers once stood.
Some wore ribbons and buttons with photos of their dead loved ones. By late morning, the sun had broken through the clouds on a humid day.
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