Labor Parade Honors Workers, 9/11 Victims

More than 50,000 union members representing 400 unions marched

Saturday, Sep 12, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM EDT
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Labor Parade Honors Workers, 9/11 Victims

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Marchers in New York City's Labor Day parade observed a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The New York City Central Labor Council's annual solidarity march up Fifth Avenue began at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parade is held the week after the Labor Day weekend.

More than 50,000 union members representing 400 unions marched in the salute to the city's working people. They observed a moment of silence in honor of 9/11 at 10:30 a.m.

This year's parade grand marshal was Lillian Roberts, executive director of District Council 37, the largest union of city government workers.

A procession of colorful union banners greeted Archbishop Timothy Dolan as he celebrated his first Labor Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral before the parade began.

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