Honored and Remembered

September 11, 2001 was not forgotten in the West Village, as we had lost so many friends, colleagues and heros on that day.

6th Precinct Honors NYPD’s September 11 Losses 

On the early morning of September 11, officers of the 6th Precinct lined up in front of the station house to read the names of members of NYPD who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and those who lost their lives after months of working at Ground Zero. Pictured here, officers start to form ranks for the solemn ceremony, which takes place on the anniversary of the tragedy every year.

Mets David Wright Honors Squad 18

Remember. Honor.

As the 11th anniversary of September 11 approaches, Word hopes that people have not forgotten the life-changing tragedy that struck our city that day, and the many people who lost their lives on 9/11 and after. There were both heroes and innocent victims that day. New Yorkers who witnessed the horrors firsthand as well as those who watched on TV were permanently traumatized by the terrorist attacks, and we’ve all had to fight hard for our own recovery and for that of our city.

After eleven years, the pain and fear has receded from the surface of our daily lives, but a recent visit to The Tiles of America Memorial on Seventh  and Greenwich Avenues brought it all back. Some of the tiles are pretty, some not — but all express heartfelt sorrow and sympathy. Some of the most touching messages are those that list names of the deceased or the missing.

The 11th Anniversary. Never Forget. Honor Those We Lost.

September 11, 8:30 am: 6th Precinct Memorial Ceremony  A reading of the names of Police Officers who died heroically from the  events of 9/11 will take place in front of the station house, 233 West 10th Street.

The 6th Precinct lost three of its own on that day; Detective Claude “Danny” Richards of the Bomb Squad, who was also a neighbor (he lived on Morton Street) died while trying to rescue trapped victims; Officer James P. Leahy, died while running into the tower to help people; and Sergeant Edward Thompson died in March 2008, from lung cancer contracted after working hundreds of hours at Ground Zero.
All are welcome at the ceremony.

September 11, Starting at 8:30 am: FDNY Memorials There will be memorial events for all firefighters lost on 9/11 starting at 8:30 am and going on all day. If you wish to honor them, go here to see the listings.  The Fire Museum on Spring Street, where a wreath will be laid at 1 pm,  is close by and well worth the visit at any time.

FDNY Squad 18 at West 10th off Greenwich Avenue lost 7 firefighters on that day.

September 11, 5-9 pm: The Peoples Memorial Concert­  A salute to the Tiles for America and The Love Bench. Performers include Marla Maise Music, Funica Jam and Artist Bleu with possible surprise celebrity performers. The schoolyard at PS 41, 116 West 11th Street. The concert is free, but donations welcome, and all are urged to come and show support.

Safe Haven for 9/11 Memorial Tiles

The Tiles for America created and displayed after 9/11 were in danger of being removed from the fence on Seventh Avenue because of the MTA’s plan to construct a ventilation plant at that site, but according to DNAinfo.com, they will be moved to a storefront museum across the street at 62 Greenwich Avenue.

For more information on the tiles and their history, go to tilesforamerica.com

Never Forget

On the rainy evening of August 15, a memorial fundraiser and one-year anniversary celebration of The Love Bench at the Tiles for America fence took place at Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Street,

We all remember when the tiles were first put up across from St. Vincent’s in the immediate aftermath of September 11. The project was started by orrie Veasey the owner of My Name is Mud on Greenwich Avenue, but  soon people from across the country and across the world were contributing memorial tiles to the chain link fence.

Nearly eleven years later, it’s impossible to read the messages painted on the tiles without choking back tears.

We will never forget.