WARREN, NJ - Warren Township honored the fallen from the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks with a ceremony Wednesday. and remembered those lost 18 years ago, including Warren residents: Keith Coleman, Brian Dale, Hashmukhrai Parmar and Sheryl Rosenbaum.
Nine Warren children lost a parent during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The ceremony took place at the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Monument in front of the Municipal Building. The monument depicts the Twin Towers and features an inscription that reads: “We Will Never Forget.”
Preceding the ceremony, the Warren Township Fire Department raised the American flag over the area with its new ladder truck.
Warren Township Committee members Mick Marion, George Lazo, Jolanta Maziarz and Mayor Gary DiNardo, along with former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco of Warren Township, who was the Acting Governor of New Jersey eighteen years ago, joined members of the Warren Township police, fire and rescue squad and Warren residents at Warren's annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony and moment of silence. (See video here)
“Today we honor all those who have fallen. We honor the first respondents, the police, fire department, EMS,” said Mayor Gary DiNardo. “We must never forget them and their family members.” DiNardo remembered the journey home after picking up the steel for the Warren memorial with then Chief of Police, Russ Leffert. They were met at the New Jersey border where an American flag was draped over the steel and were followed back home to Warren by a procession of vehicles, all with lights on - like a funeral procession.(See video here)
Rabbi Randi Musnitsky of Temple Har Shalom delivered the invocation. ( See video here)
The 9/11 Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, was designed to commemorate the memory of the Emergency First Responders who perished at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Warren was among many to participate in the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York program, which allowed Municipal entities to request a piece of the World Trade Center.
Receipt of the steel was delayed for approximately two years because it was part of crime scene. The construction of the 9/11 Heroes Memorial was funded and completed with donations from residents and businesses.
As a donation to the Township, a local artist and former committee person Carolann Garafola’s husband, Ralph Garafola, designed the monument, using the thirty foot long I-beam supported between two solid granite pillars.
A granite boulder flanked by an additional piece of steel rests at the foot of the pillars memorializing the disaster with the date September 11, 2001; the number of heroes who perished; New York Fire Department-343, New York Police Department-23, Port Authority Police Department-37, and Emergency Medical Services-8, and the words, “We Will Never Forget”.
“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.” - U.S. President George W. Bush.
For more see Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident remembers
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