NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly 5,000 people stood hand in hand in Battery Park Saturday in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

“We want to remember and we want to honor all the fallen heroes and some of our friends who died in the attacks,” Bonnie Pomerantz of Tribeca told CBS 2’s Kristin Thorne.

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“The service tomorrow is for family members. We thought there should really be a service for all New Yorkers,” said organizer Julie Menin. “And the symbolism behind this is really linking hands with a stranger. It harkens back to 9/11 when people would literally reach out and give their hand to a stranger.”

Anita Pamentwon Fusco joined the event to remember her high school friend Rob Jordan who died in one of the Towers.

“We really wanted to do this for his widow,” she said.

As part of the ceremony people could fill out cards writing notes to those they lost on 9/11. They then could put them on a board called the Wall of Remembrance.

“We have to remember the people who died in the tower because they couldn’t get out,” said Sofia Fusco of the East Village.

As one participant argued, the ceremony is proof that evil is temporary, but good is permanent.

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