Through prayers and patriotic music, residents across Queens marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through somber vigils over the last week.
Each ceremony paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and subsequent collapse of the buildings as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.
As family members of the victims gathered at the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, police precincts in Queens observed the citywide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. with memorial services of their own outside their respective stationhouses.
The officers honored the 37 NYPD members who perished in the World Trade Center attacks along with the scores of New York City firefighters, emergency service personnel and Port Authority Police Department members who also died on that day of infamy.
Local police officers and firefighters joined elected officials at vigils in Bayside Hills, Glendale, Middle Village and other communities to remember 9/11.
Clergy members at each ceremony offered prayers and words of comfort, names of local victims of the terrorist attacks were read and American flags were waved as patriotic music played.