A delegation of FDNY members crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on Sunday for a special mass commemorating 9/11.
Members of FDNY Battalion 57 led a procession to the church, carrying flags for each of the 23 battalion members who lost their lives at the World Trade Center 21 years ago. They also have a flag for the brother of one of the battalion members who also died that day.
“It is important that we commemorate this because the same heroes who rushed into these buildings to care for others that day continue to serve our city,” Bishop Robert Brennan said.
Many friends and families of these deceased FDNY members also attended the event to pay their respects on this memorial day.
“I lost my brother Tom Kelly, he was in [Ladder] 105 with everyone else in this society,” says Bob Kelly. “It’s a tradition that is close to us and something we will always do.”
The event also helps ensure the continued legacy of those who gave their lives to save others.
“There are a lot of children and young people who weren’t alive when this happened,” says Chief Joseph Mcgee, retired FDNY Engine 219/Ladder 105 lieutenant. to make them remember.”