9/11 memorial service held at the Bronx County Building

Friends and relatives of 9/11 victims who lived in The Bronx paid tribute with a memorial service. Hundreds gathered at the Bronx County Building on the Grand Concourse for an interfaith commemoration.

Clergy from a half-dozen faiths joined together with the mothers, brothers, friends and firefighters who lost loved ones on September 11. In all, 160 of the victims lived in The Bronx or were uniformed officers assigned to units in The Bronx. As each of their names was read, 160 candles were lit in remembrance. Some relatives in the audience made a point to personally light the candles when they heard the name of a friend or family member.

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, who organized the service, unveiled the first glimpse of a new memorial plaque that will hang in the building. Designed by Bronx artist Frank Polumbo, it features the names of all 160 victims as a tribute and a reminder for the generations that follow.

After the service, many of the relatives went up to touch the plaque, to see where their loved ones would be immortalized.

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