CLARK, NJ – On Tuesday morning, a large crowd of government officials, police, firemen, emergency service workers and residents joined in the Township of Clark’s annual 911 Memorial ceremony at the James A. Nelson Memorial Park on Broadway.

They came to remember Clark resident James A. Nelson and the thousands of others who died in the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem sung by Clark resident Matt Kane, followed by opening words from Councilman Bill Smith who stepped in for Mayor Bonaccorso who was unable to attend due to an unexpected family circumstance.

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The service continued with an opening prayer and then the reading of two poems called 110 Stories and That Day read respectively by Councilman O’Connor and Ralph Bernardo.  Councilwoman Angel Albanese called for a moment of reflective silence during the event. Resident Jerry Scutaro played a recording of the address given by then President Bush in the days after the terrorist attack.

Survivor Ed Ruth who watched the Towers come down in New York City shared memories and sentiments with the crowd.  The ceremony closed with Kane leading the attendees in America the Beautiful.

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