PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The borough of Prospect Park held its annual 9/11 ceremony on Wednesday evening at the Municipal Building, which was attended by residents, first responders, and civic dignitaries.  The flag salute was led by Prospect Park Police Chief Charlies Atie with the national anthem sung by Audrey Grier of New Hope Community Ministries.

"We had representatives of various faiths communicate love and unity and offered a prayer," Borough Administrator Intashan Chowdhury said, "they were Pastor Santino of Unity Christian Reformed Church on North 11th St., Reverend Matias of Good Shepherd Christian Reformed Church on North 7th Street and Imam Quatanani of Islamic Center of Passaic County."

Political representatives spoke on behalf of US Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell.  State Senator Nellie Pou was in attendance personally to speak.
 
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Volunteer Firefighter Mark Everett read "The Fireman's Prayer" and Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah delivered a speech.

"We all remember vividly, until today, where we were and what we were doing," Khairullah said.  "As an educator, it is difficult for me to find a student who was even born on that day 18 years ago.  In essence, we are a generation away from the events of that day.  To our children, it is history. To many of the grieving families, it is still a recurring nightmare.  Between reality and history, lies thousands of examples of true American heroes. Heroes who sacrifiecied their lives on the doomed flights.  First responders who never came out alive from their resue missions in Ground Zero.  And first responders who are still dealing with the trauma and illness of fumes coming out of the destroyed buildings. Between our reality and the history that our children are learning about, lies the obligation for all of us to continue to uphold and protect our American values. On that day we had a common concern.  A concern for us.  It is my hope that we continue to foster that concern as we debate how we will move forward as a nation."

At the conclusion of the speech, a moment of silence was held, followed by a triple sounding of sirens.  With the closing prayers concluded, candles were lit and residents marched the "Freedom Walk", North 10th Streeet to Haledon Avenue, then to North 11th Street, and back to the Municipal Building on Brown Avenue.

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