KENILWORTH- The annual remembrance ceremony of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was held inside Borough Hall on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Residents were invited to join township officials, victim’s families, friends, and clergy in remembering those who perished that day. Capacity restrictions, social distancing, and masks were strictly enforced. The service is also videoed and uploaded to the borough YouTube channel.
Tribute lights will be illuminated nightly until Sunday, September 13 to commemorate all the 9/11 victims. The lights were donated by Benny Methuen owner of ABM Sign and Crane Service in Kenilworth.
The ceremony opened up with the Pledge of Allegiance and then the National Anthem sung by Kenilworth resident Kerry Stubbs. Following was the Invocation by Father Joseph Bejgrowicz, then welcoming everyone to the ceremony Chief of Police John Zimmerman. Lieutenant of the Fire Department Shawn Kelly and Mayor Linda Karlovitch made the remarks, and then a closing prayer was said by Father Jose Erlito Ebron. The program concluded with Stubbs singing God Bless America.
“We learned that life is too short and there is no time for hate," Mayor Karlovitch said. “Our worst day brought out the very best in us. What better way to honor those that lost their lives then by continuing to live being the very best version of ourselves. It is my hope that we not only remember the horror of this day but that we also remember how we cared for one another, how we came together as Americans united in love for our country and for each other.”
The Borough of Kenilworth would like to invite residents to come up to the memorial to pay their respects.
Three people from Kenilworth died during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Their names are as follows:
John J. Tobin
Robert M. Kaulfers
John G. Uelthoeffer