Press Release Article


Date: Aug 19, 2003
Press Release Number: 110-2003

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold an Interfaith Remembrance Service at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in Manhattan, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2003, to honor the 84 Port Authority employees who were tragically killed on September 11, 2001, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

New York Governor George E. Pataki and New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey are expected to attend the service and offer words of comfort. The service will begin with the entrance of the Port Authority Police Pipes and Drums and Port Authority Police Honor Guard, and will include a roll call of the names of the fallen heroes of the Port Authority, a candle-lighting ceremony, readings by three Port Authority chaplains, and selections by the Riverside Church Choir.

Christy Ferer Levin and Linda Morrone – whose husbands, Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin and Port Authority Police Superintendent Fred V. Morrone, were killed in the attacks – will participate in the service.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"The Port Authority lost more than simply 84 employees on that tragic day – we lost members of our family. Our heroes are a testament to the dedication, bravery and commitment we saw in the aftermath of the attacks, and their memories will live on forever.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Our loss was profound, yet we have steadfastly persevered through one of the most difficult periods in our nation’s and our agency’s history. The people of the Port Authority have remained committed to sustaining the mission of rebuilding for the vitality of the entire bistate region.\"

In addition to the remembrance service, all Port Authority staff will observe two moments of silence on September 11, 2003, at 8:46 and 9:03 a.m., marking the time each of the Twin Towers was struck. Flags will be flown at half-staff at all Port Authority facilities for the week of September 8 in memory of the fallen heroes.

The memorial service will be broadcast live by NJN – New Jersey Public Television for viewers in New Jersey – with a rebroadcast at 10 p.m. There also will be a live webcast of the memorial service on NY1 will broadcast the ceremony live in New York. New Jersey Network will uplink the service on satellite for broadcast media. Satellite coordinates will be provided to media in the coming weeks.

Media wishing to cover the Interfaith Remembrance Service at Riverside Church should bring photo identification as well as media credentials, and report to the church entrance at 91 Claremont Avenue near 120th Street.

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