It was a day of protest, but also one of remembrance.

For the ninth time since the terror attack by al-Qaida on Sept. 11, 2001, killed 2,752 people in Manhattan, thousands gathered to pay homage to those who died.

Against a sunny backdrop of soothing string and cello music in a park near Ground Zero Saturday, a somber list of names of those lost was read by more than 200 family and friends paired with people rebuilding the site - steel workers, arborists, architects, plumbers.

Just yards from the rising steel frame of Tower Four, firefighter James Sorokac rang a polished FDNY bell to mark the moments when the Twin Towers were struck by hijacked planes and later collapsed.