On Sept. 10, Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley joined the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Speaker Christine Quinn, and other elected officials to march in the New York City Labor Day Parade.
Throngs of visitors and residents gathered to watch the New York City’s Bravest join City labor groups to march up Fifth Ave., past New York City landmarks such as St. Patrick’s cathedral, The Plaza Hotel and Central Park.
One day before the ten year anniversary of Sept. 11, this parade had special meaning to those who were personally affected that day. Many first responders were there to celebrate the brave, selfless work that they continue to do despite the risk involved.
Police officers and firefighters who lost colleagues gathered despite the looming anniversary to honor the social and economic contributions that unions make to our country. The parade symbolized a great deal for all New Yorkers laborers who have worked tirelessly over the past ten years to restore the City.
Among the groups Council Member Crowley celebrated the day with were the United Federation of Teachers, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and the Communications Workers of America.
Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley stated: “It was a privilege to stand beside some of New York City’s bravest officers this weekend. With 343 members killed, no group was more affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11th than the FDNY. Sadly, 57 firefighters also died from 9/11 related injuries after the attacks. The parade and memorials held this weekend were a way for us to honor fallen members, commend the FDNY for the extraordinary lengths they go to in order to keep New York City safe, and a reminder to support them in the future.”