September 15, 2011: 2011, Issue 37
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Borough 9/11 Memorials Remember Fallen Bronxites

The pain of the attacks on September 11, 2001 was felt nationwide, and over the last ten years, the Bronx erected special monuments to remember those who tragically died.

Many Bronxites who worked at the World Trade Center tragically lost their lives that day and their names were forever remembered with three major monuments in the borough at the Bronx County Courthouse, Jacobi Medical Center and the corner of East Tremont Avenue and Throgs Neck Expressway.

Every year on September 11th, local residents and elected officials gather at the sites to remember loved ones lost, and all of those who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks.

At Jacobi Hospital near parking lot five, the beautiful monument, which was sponsored by the late Senator Guy Velella in 2002, is often visited by passersby on the hospital campus.

The memorial lists 156 people who lived or worked in the Bronx that died on 9/11.

Every year on September 11th, 49th Precinct Community Affairs Officer Victor DiPierro visits the memorial to remember fallen Bronxites, as well as all of those whose lives were tragically taken.

“It’s definitely something that this community honors every year and there is always a large turnout,” said DiPierro, who will be attending the service in honor of the 10th anniversary on Sunday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m.

“I think everybody is more amped this year to remember because of the 10th anniversary. Everybody brings flowers and says their prayers. It’s just one of those days that nobody has ever forgotten and definitely never will.”

Next to Ladder 72 on 3929 E. Tremont Avenue stands another 9/11 memorial, which honors Throggs Neck residents that perished that day.

The memorial was officially dedicated on October 14, 2004. This year the memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.

“Everybody, every year should find at least one service memorial to visit on September 11th,” said Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

“No matter what, somebody knew or knew somebody who knew someone that was seriously affected by what happened on 9/11. We are now stronger after 10 years, but we could never forget how that one day changed all of our lives forever.”

Inside the Bronx County Courthouse on 851 Grand Concourse stands another 9/11 memorial. Made of bronze and designed by Frank Palombo, the plaque honors and remembers every Bronxite who perished on 9/11.

The Courthouse memorial was unveiled in time for the third anniversary of 9/11 on September 11, 2004 and service has been led every year by the borough president.

This year’s memorial will take place at Lou Gehrig Place on East 161st Street between Grand Concourse and Walton Avenue between noon and 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.

After the service, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. invites all attendees to join him at the Courthouse to visit the memorial.

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