United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan paid an emotional visit to a New York City firehouse Monday morning to thank and console the firefighters.

Accompanied by his wife Nane, Mr. Annan went to Engine Company 21, just three blocks from United Nations headquarters. There, Mr. Annan expressed his thanks to the firefighters, and condolences for the hundreds of their colleagues who died in the terrorist attack.

"I just wanted to come to show our solidarity and support. I think the whole city is with you, and all the families in the U.N. are, too," he said. "I do not know if you were at St. Patrick's yesterday, but there were about 2,000 people in the church. And when they [speakers] mentioned the firefighters, the applause and support was quite remarkable. So, I know you have made a great sacrifice. You have lost many of your men, but you should know that you have our support, and the support of people around the world."

Mr. Annan and his wife hugged the firefighters, and then stopped to view a makeshift shrine of flowers and candles, one of dozens at firehouses around the city.