Guest Column

Running and Remembering at the 16th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Run

356f44fd1bc1544ce5e0_911_1.jpg
Runners gather on Spring Lake beach at end of JSRC 911 Memorial Run
260f71deee1d09ccd996_911_2.jpg
Cadets from Monmouth County Police Academy lead the 9-11 Memorial Run.
a276bf281307ba4b3f43_911_3.jpg
Runners approach second stop of Memorial Run.
afed8c7c8a0d3f088d6a_911_4.jpg
Flags and roses placed at replica constructed out of pieces of the World Trade Center.
356f44fd1bc1544ce5e0_911_1.jpg

BELMAR/SPRING LAKE, NJ — In keeping with our nation's annual demonstrations of solemn tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, locally four hundred runners/joggers/walkers, some bicyclists, with hand flags for men and stem roses for women, participated in the 16th anniversary noncompetitive 9/11 Memorial Run organized by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), at the restored Belmar-Spring Lake boardwalk on Monday evening under hazy, summer skies. Included in that number 400 were 51 cadets from the Monmouth County Police Academy.

The proceedings began at 6 p.m. with Belmar's Tim Mahoney, run director, thanking all for coming and also a special few who helped him in his director's tasks. He then asked for a moment of silence for all our servicemen present and past who are making and have made it possible for us to have a memorial event such as this. Then the participants, starting with JSRC President Michael Procopio of Ocean, began reading aloud with a hand microphone the name, age and town, from a typed list, each of the 147 Monmouth County residents who died on that tragic day. Each passed the microphone and list to another so as to get as many as possible to read aloud at least one name. Then Mahoney with the Stars and Stripes flag pole in hand led the silent, nontalking pack on their southward trek. At times, spectators on the beach offered spontaneous applause for the parade of runners, as they recognized the purpose of the run.

The runners briefly stopped at the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (also known as Memorial Park) adjacent to Lake Como that had a flagpole with the Stars and Stripes at half-mast. Here the Spring Lake Police Association had donated a plaque, dedicated September 11, 2004, set in stone, with this message: "We the people of Spring Lake remember our residents and neighbors who lost their lives in terrorist attacks against the United States of America."

Sign Up for E-News

On the plaque: Shanksville, PA: Donald A. Petersen, Jean Petersen. World Trade Center : Richard E. Bosco, Thomas F. Hughes Jr., Paul H. Keating, James J. McAlary Jr., James T. Murphy, Robert W. O'Shea, Donald W. Robertson Jr.

Beginning with Joe Connor of Taylor Hardware in Belmar, the mourners resumed reading aloud another third of the names from the list of 147 and about half placed their hand flags and roses at the base of the plaque.

They then continued their absolutely silent run/jog/walk/cycle on the road and boardwalk to the destination point at the Spring Lake beach gazebo across from Newark Avenue, approximately a one-mile distance. There, a piece of the World Trade Center, donated by Eddie Lennon, friend of Mahoney, had been placed on the sand and the mourners gathered around it. JSRC member Dan Napoliton of Wall led off to finish reading the final third names from the list.

Mahoney then offered the still very-silent group an opportunity to sound aloud any name that was not on that list who also was a victim on September 11, 2001. About 30 names were heard. The song "God Bless America" was started and all were asked to join in. If a choirmaster would not have been impressed by the sound he/she heard, its total sincerity would have been noticed. Mahoney again thanked all for coming and asked them to give themselves a round of applause. Had someone suggested giving Mahoney applause, many hands would be hurting from clapping.

The group then placed the remaining flags and flowers at the World Trade Center piece and "resumed" their Memorial Run/Jog/Walk/Cycle and returned to the starting area at their own pace with talking now permitted, under magnificently lit sunset skies. Lake Como's popular restaurant Bar Anticipation was the new destination point where “light fare” had been arranged.

One participant, a "former champion racer" who has belonged to three racing clubs, offered this meaningful comment: "I doubt if there was a more thorough display of a 9-11 remembrance anywhere in New Jersey or New York."

This reporter, in addition to reflecting on the lives lost on 9/11, remembered her mentor and co-writer of this event in past years, recently departed runner-writer Jim Robbins of Eatontown, a true American who will be missed.

The theme of the memorial run as stated by Mahoney at the 6 p.m. start is to "Run, Remember, Reflect and Resume." The "run" is obvious since the idea was created by Mahoney and Bob Both who are members of the JSRC and regulars on the club's Thursday night runs in that same boardwalk area. "Remember" is why the group read the names. "Reflect" is the reason for the silence (the only sound was the noise of the 700 running shoes meeting the surface), so that there can be time to think about and concentrate on the tragedy that occurred on 9/11 including reflecting on those poor, innocent souls that had to make that horrible decision to jump to their deaths rather than burn alive. "Resume" is in response to that which President George W.Bush had asked the citizens of our beloved America to do: "Resume your lives but never forget."

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Guest Column.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Belmar/Lake Como

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7f0f2fe5f2a36e58a7ce_belmar_logo

Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Belmar

Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment

Carousel_image_7ae118156f1d20aed5df_bbppyanoeplaza4

Fri, May 25, 6:30 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert Series: R&B Express

Carousel_image_b16a62849b07ee60898e_belmarmagicalgarden4

Sat, May 26, 9:30 AM

Belmar Magical Garden, Belmar

Belmar Magical Garden Tomato Plant Sale

Carousel_image_42ad6cce4531efa33059_belmarmemday-3

Mon, May 28, 9:30 AM

Monument Row, Belmar

Belmar Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony

Carousel_image_81aab3f8e91ffde9a46c_pinkforapurposecollage

Thu, May 31, 7:00 PM

Sweet Tease Tea Room and Cafe and Lynette's Healing Touch, Belmar

Pink for a Purpose: A Benefit for Lin's Linens

Carousel_image_764314da7a0371aabf9e_pirateday

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Eighth Avenue Beach Playground, Belmar

Belmar Pirate Day Treasure Hunt

Carousel_image_ee3b903f652168aec49f_belmaryardsalespring2018__2_

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sun, June 3 9:00 AM Rain or Shine, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 28

Belmar Spring Yard Sale

Carousel_image_b1a6c47aa5bd2064444a_lakecomoyardsale__2_

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sun, June 3 9:00 AM Rain or Shine, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 25

10th Annual Lake Como Yard Sale

Carousel_image_d910ca4289e03130c44b_bbppiratewalk2018

Sun, June 10, 12:00 PM

Pyanoe Plaza (starting location), Belmar

Belmar Pirate Walk

Host an International Exchange Student

May 19, 2018

 

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA — EF High School Exchange Year has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes, including 20 students to place in New Jersey. 

Last year, EF connected more ...

Belmar and Lake Como

May 11, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2018 to April 28, 2018.

BELMAR

Ryan Miles, 33, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his arrest on April 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Patrick McGill.

Lisa Perrault, 49, of Long Branch was arrested on 16th Avenue on April 6 by Police Officer Patrick ...

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 14, 2018

With warmer weather and sunny skies on the horizon, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer can greatly affect quality of life, and it can be disfiguring and even deadly. There are approximately 5.4 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually. Luckily, Skin Cancer Awareness Month provides a great time  to educate ...

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Eggs Spreads with 1 Reported Case in New Jersey

May 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — One New Jersey resident is among 35 people in nine states infected with salmonella linked to eggs produced by a farm in Hyde County, N.C., according to an update by the Food & Drug Administration. 

Some 207 millions eggs were voluntarily recalled in April by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella ...