NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan is presiding over a solemn memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for the 343 firefighters who died 15 years ago in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is at the service representing President Barack Obama. Mayor Bill de Blasio also is speaking at the service.
He says every New Yorker suffered on 9/11, but none more than the members of the fire department. He noted the firefighters killed ranged in age from 22 to 71.
The massive Roman Catholic cathedral is filled to capacity with city dignitaries, firefighters and families of those killed.
A procession into the cathedral featured a banner with the number 343, followed by firefighters carrying American flags representing every member of the department killed that day.