ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth held a September 11, service on Tuesday morning. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage held the ceremony to remember the tragic events that took place seventeen years ago and to honor those whose lives were lost, including six members of the Elizabeth community.
The vigil included Fire, Police and Military personnel displaying their respective colors took place at the 911 Memorial on West Grand Street next to the Elizabeth train station.
In the opening prayer, Father George Gillen evoked a call for “peacemakers” to “rise up” in the reflection of the deadly attacks that took over three thousand lives that terrorizing day.
Mayor Bollwage addressed the men and women in uniform along with the family of those directly affected by the tragic events on September 11, 2001, while the Elizabeth Honor Guard Lowered the flags and provided a gun salute in memory of those lost. The salute gave way to placing of wreaths by the family members.
After the lowering of the flags, Reverend Joe Adair offered closing remarks and Jessica Martinez sang “God Bless America”.
This, it’s seventeenth anniversary, the 9/11 Remembrance Vigil, allowed the family members and the community to reflect on the loss and tragedy of that fateful day.