At 12:30 yesterday afternoon there was a gathering on the Promenade to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Cnter, the Pentagon, and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Above, The Rev. Al Bunis, of Plymouth Church, reads a portion of the Beatitudes, from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 1-9. More videos and text after the jump.
Dr. Ahmad Jaber, President of the Dawood Mosque, located on State Street in Brooklyn Heights, reads from an English translation of the Qu’ran, Chapter 6, verses 151-153.
Rabbi Samuel Weintrob, of the Kane Street Synagogue, Cobble Hill, chants in Hebrew a passage from the Book of Lamentations.
Other speakers at the gathering were: Rev. Julie Slok of the Danish Seaman’s Church, who read a Biblical passage in Danish; Deborah Hallen of Congregation Mount Sinai; Fr. James Root of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral; Imam Abdallah Allam of Dawood Mosque, who chanted in Arabic the Qu’ran passage read in translation by Dr. Jaber; Rev. Dr. John McGinty of Grace Episcopal Church; Rev. Jude Geiger of the First Unitarian Congregational Society; Brother Thomas Grady of St. Francis College; Rabbi Serge Lippe of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, who acted as master of ceremonies; Fr. Ed Doran of St. Charles Borromeo Church; Syd Farley and Frank Kain of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; and Rev. Flora Wilson Bridges of the First Presbyterian Church.
At the conclusion of the spoken passages, the people were invited to join in singing “America the Beautiful.”