On 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, WNY and NB stop to reflect

George Payan was just 5-years-old on Sept. 11th and he’s been coming to these memorial services ever since.

“Showing my respect for the fallen police officers of the NYPD and the firefighters of the FDNY.

No matter how many years pass, West New York Mayor, Dr. Felix Roque says it’s one of those events we can never forget.

“Those brave men and women, they gave their lives just for us to be here… free.”

Robert Antolos lives it everyday – his brother worked in the Trade Center; in a twist of fate he was not in the towers when they were hit, he was getting coffee.

But the former Police Captain says we can’t stop being vigilant.

“There’s a lot of things going on in the world, a lot of people hate the United States – so we have to be ready, for if it does happen again.”

 And over in North Bergen, Mayor Nicholas Sacco says we want to be certain to always honor those we lost.

“It’s a way we can get together and the memory is still very strong for those who lived through it.  But there a lot of young people — the chorus who sang today; they were probably about two-years-old when this happened, and we want them to remember too, not to just become a vague footnote in history.”

Jillian Risberg, HCTV