Families gather at Ground Zero for 9/11 ceremony – New York News

Relatives of 9/11 victims, officials and others gathered Monday morning to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

Shortly after 8:46 a.m., the moment when the first plane struck the World Trade Center, relatives began reading the long list of those who were killed, name by name, in alphabetical order.

More than an hour before the start of the annual commemoration ceremony, family members made their way to the memorial site holding American flags or photos of the fallen.

They gathered around the stage where nearly 3,000 names of those who died in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing were to be read.

Firefighters in front of Engine 10/Ladder 10 exchanged slow salutes at a “MAY WE NEVER FORGET” metal memorial mural topped with American flags. Their firehouse is on Greenwich Street, across from the memorial site.

Eleni Kousoulis, 47, a federal public defender, walked in a procession on Greenwich Street with her family to remember her sister, Danielle Kousoulis, 29, who lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and was a Cantor Fitzgerald bond trader working on the north tower’s 104th…

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