EDISON, NJ – A 9/11 Memorial Service was held at Lake Papaianni Park Friday evening to mark the 14th Anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the National Day of Service honoring the 9/11 victims, survivors and first responders.
The evening began with Bob Magella playing “Amazing Grace’ on the bagpipes while the Edison Police Honor Guard and the Fire Honor Guard stood on either side of the 9/11 Memorial.
“God Bless America” was sung by Maya Beal and Gillian Caruso of Edison High School followed by an Invocation led by Father Anthony Sirianni. Lia Davies, also a student at Edison High School sang the National Anthem.
Mayor Thomas Lankey spoke to the crowd of residents thanking them for attending. “There is nothing that has not been said about that day. But the most important thing to remember is that 9/11 was a complete failure to those who caused that crisis, because everyone in America all pulled together. We must remember that every day we should have that same community feeling.”
Freeholder Charles Tomaro spoke about the eleven Edison residents who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks. Tomaro reminded those attending, “If we continue to stand peacefully united, we will be standing for all future generations to come.”
NJ Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, members of Edison Town Council, Fire Chief Brian Latham and Police Chief Thomas Bryan stated the names those Edison residents; Kevin S. Cohen, Prem Nath Jerath, Sheldon R. Kanter, Vincent A. Laieta, James F. Lynch, Brian E. Martineau, Kaaria Mbaya, Manish K. Patel, Deepika K. Sattaluri, Scott M. Schertzer and Edward T. Strauss. Eleven trees were planted around the memorial by town residents and members of area Girl Scout troops in honor of those who died that day.
The ceremony concluded with trumpeter Gavin Kasperi of the Edison High School Marching Band, playing Taps.