BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights remembers 9/11 in a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Park this morning. A crowd of residents, employees and officials gathered for the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Rev. Andrew Prachar, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz took part in the ceremony along with Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney and Town Council members Gentiana Brahimaj, Manny Couto, Jeanne Kingsley, Alvaro Medeiros and Stephen Yellin.
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.
Mayor Angie Devanney reminded the large crowd, that included family members of the deceased, to never forget the sacrifices that our country suffered on 9/11.
The wreaths were presented by members of the Police, Fire and Rescue Squad at the memorial to honor all the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Mayor Devanney asked the crowd to join her in a moment of silence in memory of the two Berkeley Heights residents who perished: Lieutenant Commander Patrick J. Murphy, who was in the reserve at the Pentagon that day; and Scott Hazelcorn, who worked at the World Trade Center.
Mayor Devanney walked through the timeline of terrorist acts on the beautiful clear morning of September 11, 2001 when hijacked planes Flight 11 crashed into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m., Flight 175 crashed into the south face of the South Tower (2 WTC) at 9:03 a.m., Flight 77 crashed into the western side of The Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. and Flight 93 crashed by its hijackers as a result of fighting in the cockpit 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Shanksville, PA at 10:03 a.m.
She said this is why we must never forget. "It is because of these painful moments that we must ensure that the next generation and the generation after that always remember these horrific acts. And most importantly, we must remember the lives lost here in Patrick and Scott," she said. "Today is also an opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to our Berkeley Heights first responders: police, fire, OEM, rescue squad members and our frontline workers -- thank you for all you do to keep us safe. I urge you -- Never again."
Highlander bagpiper Brandon Lim played Amazing Grace as the crowd stood somber.
The memorial came to a close with a moment of silence after the Mayor Devanney rang the bell at 8:46, the exact time the first hijacked plane hit the North Tower (1 WTC) with a moment of silence.