BP Oddo and Mayor de Blasio spoke about the importance of getting the names of those we’ve lost inscribed on the memorial. The ceremony featured touching musical performances by Arlette Roxburgh as well as tribute readings.
“I made a promise to the families that 9/11/2016 would be the last anniversary that names of those lost as a result of their work on 9/11 and its aftermath would be absent from the Memorial dedicated to their memory. I am glad these names are finally in their rightful place on the monument,” said BP Oddo. “These are heroes, and these are people who live life the way we should. These are people who were selfless. Now more than ever, in this time of division, we need to remember their stories. Their lives should be remembered, and their stories should be told."
"We will not forget them, and we will not forget their families as they continue to bear the pain that unites us all, remembering what they gave, the good they were, and the example they are still to all of us," de Blasio said.
We thank all those who made the ceremony special, including NYCEDC, FDNY, NYPD, DSNY, Fred Ariemma of Ariemma’s Garden Center, Anthony Campitiello of Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe, Sal Sottile of Sottile Security International Inc., and the NY Wheel.