Marchers turned out by the hundreds Sundat to honor the memory of the Rev. Mychal Judge, the beloved FDNY chaplain killed on 9/11.
Firefighters and their families, friends of the Franciscan priest, and well-wishers from near and far, all came together for a four-hour Walk of Remembrance through the streets of Manhattan. Judge, 68, was killed while giving last rites to a firefighter at the World Trade Center.
“It seems like all New York is here,” said his twin sister, Dympna Jessich, who came from her home in Maryland to take part in the annual walk.
“He adored New York,” she added.
The group walked from midtown to Ground Zero, stopping at firehouses and police precincts along the way to pray and read the names of the 9/11 dead.
“He was our spiritual leader, for sure,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, who was among the marchers.
Outside FDNY Engine 1/Ladder 24 on W. 31st St. – the firehouse where Judge began his last trip to the twin towers on 9/11 – FDNY Chaplain Christopher Keenan recited a prayer Judge wrote.
“Lord, take me where you want me to go; let me meet who you want me to meet,” Keenan prayed. “Tell me what you want me to say – and keep me out of your way.” [more]