HAWTHORNE, NJ - At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Borough of Hawthorne paid solemn tribute to the victims as well as the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.  The outdoor service was held on Goffle Road in the area that contains the memorial stones and part of a fallen beam from the World Trade Center.  The memorial reminds visitors to recall September 11, 2001, a day when 2,996 innocent people lost their lives in the biggest attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Mayor Richard S. Goldberg presided over the ceremony which began with Julie Minicozzi singing the National Anthem.  A string quartet provided background music, lending the occasion an air of reverence and beauty.  Passaic County was represented by Freeholder John Bartlett and speakers included religious leaders as well as Hawthorne’s Police Chief, Richard McAuliffe. It was noted that the family of Hawthorne resident Sal Zisa, who was lost to the tragedy, was seated in front of the Memorial.

At one point during the service, Mayor Goldberg directed the services of the EMTs to assist Mrs. Zisa, who appeared to be overcome with emotion, and the Mayor was concerned for her well-being. She was brought inside the Ambulance Building.

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The candlelight ceremony began with the Police Department walking up to the Memorial and lighting a candle, followed by the Fire Department and the Hawthorne Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  St Anthony’s Church Monsignor Kupke delivered the same prayer that was said by Pope Francis when he visited Ground Zero in 2015, followed by the string quartet playing a moving version of “Amazing Grace”.

Mayor Goldberg closed the ceremony by leaving those in attendance, saying, "We will always have the heroes of 9/11 and we will never forget their sacrifice… there is no time for hate."

The service concluded with the singing of "God Bless America."

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