LOWER MANHATTAN -- The sounds of reflection rang out just below the symbolism of reconstruction in Lower Manhattan on Friday.
The NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums welcomed law enforcement from across the nation and Canada for a memorial procession.
As the approximate one dozen bands played, there was appreciation from all ages along the route. For Jaclyn Lima, who saw 9/11 play out from the window of her third-grade classroom in New Jersey, the sight of today's procession was touching as it was important, "It's great to see the city come together in so many big ways."
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton walked the entire procession route, stretching from Zuccotti Park to Battery Park City saying at the end, "It's a great symbol to these families as I mentioned earlier. We will not forget."
Marvin Hill will never forget that day, "I heard the large sound and I've seen a lot of debris in the sky."
Hill was near the New York Stock Exchange and Broadway when he heard the planes strike the towers. He vividly remembers the aftermath and destruction, but Hill also never doubted the city's spirit, "I always figured that the city would rebuild and eventually we would come back into the city and eventually we came back."
Following the procession Commissioner Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio honored the fallen.
The Commissioner, who has one more week with the department, spoke with PIX 11 News about the area's rise of the last 15 years, "What has happened here is really miraculous. If you look at it the population has doubled, an incredible economic engine pushing the city forward and effectively it says we won and they lost."AlertMe