CHATHAM, NJ - Kevin Sullivan said it took him weeks to write the speech he gave on Wednesday night at the 18th 9-11 "Remembrance Ceremony" held at Memorial Park and it was obvious to those in attendance how heartfelt he was about the words he spoke.
"It was hard," Sullivan said. "I struggled with it. It brought back a lot of emotions. I spent a couple of weeks to really edit it and pare it down. I got choked up there a little bit. It's one of those days."
The former U.S. Marine, who was working at 50 Rockefeller Center at the time, told how he had met Donald L. Adams a few weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Adams was one of the 13 Chatham residents lost 18 years ago.
"Don and I talked that day about his baby and football and Chatham," Sullivan said. "Like so many of our last memories of the fallen, it is as vivid and clear as if it took place yesterday."
Sullivan quoted the fourth stanza of the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Sullivan's full remarks can be seen in the video below.
The Chatham residents remembered during the 9/11 Memorial were: Donald L. Adams, Dennis Buckley, Paul S. Gilbey, Gary R. Haag, Anthony P. Infante Jr.; Robin B. Larkey, Christian H. Maltby, Philip W. Mastrandrea, Peter C. Moutos, Thomas Strada, Kenneth J. Swenson, William R. Tieste and Peter M. West.
Former Chatham resident Michelle Finnerty returned to sing "God Bless America" at 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
Chatham resident Todd Ferrie played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes while the names of the Chatham residents lost in the 9-11 attack were announced with a bell ring (see below).
Chatham's Christine Purschke sings "Let There Be Peace On Earth" at the ceremony in the video below.