By Amber Greene, Deputy Director, Port Authority Media Relations
Today, Port Authority employees, retirees, and friends commemorated the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. With COVID-19 still a major public health threat, the agency, which traditionally has hosted the service at St. Peter’s Church in Lower Manhattan near the WTC site, held its annual 9/11 Interfaith ceremony virtually this year.
The pre-recorded service was broadcast over Facebook and the agency’s website to allow participants to safely observe this solemn day of remembrance to honor the 84 Port Authority employees, including the 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of saving others on September 11, 2001 and the six Port Authority employees and one unborn child who died on February 26, 1993.
The nearly hour-long program opened with the Presenting of Colors by the PAPD Honor Guard and PAPD Pipes and Drums. Prayers of consolation and messages of hope were offered by several clergy leaders at a time many feel the burden of the effects on COVID-19 and their inability to safely mourn together.
Remarks were shared from Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton, as well as officials from both New York and New Jersey, including Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul of New York.
The service will continue to be available throughout the month and may be viewed on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/panynj