PHOTOS: Brooklynites honor 21st anniversary of 9/11 attacks


Just over two decades after the 9/11 attacks devastated New York City, Brooklynites gathered together over the weekend to honor the lives of those lost on the day and afterwards.

Nearly 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and many more, including former East Flatbush firefighter William Gormley, have since died from respiratory illnesses and cancers caused by the toxic conditions at Ground Zero in the weeks and months following the attacks.

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Children at a 9/11 memorial event at McKinley Park hold up signs honoring Flatbush firefighter William Gormley, who was at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and later died from a respiratory disease. Arthur de Gaeta
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Army members stationed at the Fort Hamilton base attended a 9/11 memorial vigil in Bay Ridge on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo by Paul Frangipane

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