Saw this image on Facebook.
Outstanding recognition for a great man from the neighborhood.
Holy Name Church conducted a memorial mass in honor of 9-11. Nice to see the people of Holy Name pull together.
Here are two pictures from the wreath dedication for 9-11 victims at the conclusion of the mass.
Like my friend said, “Tough day at HN, but a beautiful day in some respect.”
We all have our own story regarding the tragic events that happened on 9/11. I was sent this story/ link/event by a loyal reader of Container Diaries about an off-duty fireman, Stephen Siller who walked through the tunnel to get to the World Trade Center as it was burning down.
This looks like a great event! The race is Sunday so if you can. get out and get running!
Stephen Siller, beloved husband and father of five, was a firefighter from Squad 1, Park Slope Brooklyn. On 9/11, he was off-duty, and on his way to golf with his 3 older brothers.
When Stephen heard on his scanner that the World Trade Center had been hit, he turned his vehicle around and headed towards the site. When his truck was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, typically of him, he raced on foot towards the site with his gear strapped to his back.
He was last seen alive on West and Liberty Streets where he, more than likely, went looking for his Squad, all of whom perished. The Tunnel to Towers Run retraces Stephen’s footsteps on that fateful day.
In running along his path, we honor the memory of all the Firefighters, Police, and EMS workers who performed their duty that day. In running this race, we are reclaiming still another part of the city for all our heroes and for all of those who died on 9/11.
They will never be forgotten!
Back in the day Windsor Terrace was filled with strong families. They were friendly, outgoing and hard working.
One family in particular comes to mind when I think of the traits mentioned above. They lived on Terrace Place, right off Prospect Avenue.
They were a large family (like many other wonderful families in the neighborhood). Good athletes, caring people, down to earth and most of all, always available!
The oldest son was a great basketball player. He was one of the best from the neighborhood. Some say he is one of the best to ever play for the FDNY (they used to have a league, not sure if they still do) but I believe he scored the most points ever in the league! He played his college ball at Iona.
I played ball in Holy Name with the youngest son.
Their youngest daughter married my cousin.
I’m talking about The Riches!
During 9/11 at the World Trade Center Jimmy, (a deputy fire chief in the FDNY) who is the oldest Riches, lost his son James Jr. who at the time was a NYC firefighter.
Along with Jimmy, there was Roddy, Margie, Tommy, Eileen, Beatrice and John.
I came across this guest book dedicated to our fallen hero. Feel free to leave a message.