BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights remembers 9/11 in a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Park this morning. A small crowd of residents, employees and officials gathered for the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Rev. Debra M. Whitten, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Senator Tom Kean took part in the ceremony along with Berkeley Heights Town Council members Kevin Hall, Jeanne Kingsley, Ed Delia and Craig Pastore.
Members of Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad stood in attention in full uniform. Reminded of the first responders who died doing their jobs that day.
Assemblyman Bramnick spoke and requested citizens to renew the rekindling of spirit and love that we felt on 9/11. Put aside the differences. This sentiment was echoed across the nation in rememberence and honor of those we lost on 9/11.
"I feel that it is important to come together as a community and remember the events that took place on September 11 and to honor those individuals that lost their lives. The Berkeley Heights 9/11 Memorial Park is a beautiful setting and it serves as a reminder of the American Spirit and the goodness that exists in all of us - we need to continue to find ways to keep that Spirit alive in our community and our nation," said Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley of the memorial ceremony.
The memorial came to a close with a moment of silence and the flag detail was called to attention while the bagpiper, Nancy Brown, played "Amazing Grace."