Kary Andrinopoulos and Ted Kougianos have a standing tradition now of holding their own ceremony with local veterans at their Danvers restaurant, New Brothers Restaurant & Deli, to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
At 8:30 a.m. every Sept. 11, the owners and color guards for the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in town gather outside the front of the restaurant at the flagpole for a brief ceremony.
There is a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. in memory of Danvers resident Karen Martin and the other victims aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into one of the Twin Towers. Taps are played and everyone is invited inside afterward for breakfast.
Martin was a flight attendant on that fateful flight. When she was back home in Danvers, she often stopped in at the Maple Street restaurant for coffee.
Andrinopoulos and his wife actually started the tradition with friends at their home in Peabody 12 years ago, and then moved the ceremony over to Danvers a few years ago as the regular crowd continued to grow.
The town itself does not hold a formal ceremony in observance of 9/11, although a special 10th anniversary ceremony was organized in 2011.
Congressman John Tierney, who represents Danvers in the 6th District, released the following statement Tuesday: “This week we pause to honor all those who were tragically killed twelve years ago, to reaffirm our support for their families and loved ones, and to thank the public safety professionals and first responders for their sacrifices that day and every day.”