KENILWORTH, NJ – Wednesday, September 11, residents gathered in front of Borough Hall to commemorate and honor the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon 18 years ago.
The ceremony began with the presentation of the flag by Boy Scout Troop 83 and Scoutmaster John Gasper. The Kenilworth Girl Scouts sang “My Country Tis A Thee” and Kenilworth resident Kerry Stubbs sang the National Anthem. Those who spoke at the ceremony were Joseph Bejgrowicz of St. Theresa’s Church who gave the invocation, Kenilworth Police Chief John Zimmerman welcomed everyone in attendance, and Kenilworth Fire Department Deputy Chief James Hannon and Kenilworth Mayor Anthony DeLuca.
Mayor DeLuca made a poignant statement in his remarks. "I’m going to give you a sobering wake up call, this is not over. The true fight is our resolve, the enemy believes we will tire of remembering this evening we will never forget. Our faith will be shaken. As I tell my children those that don’t remember and learn history are doomed to repeat it. On this day, we come together to remember, to honor and reflect, think about what you have done, what selfless act have you committed for something for someone else. Our honored fallen will never be forgotten because we are still here to remember God bless you all and God bless America.”
Revered Nova Villa Gutierrez Vitug-Thomas led the closing prayer before a moment of silence was held to pay respect to the 9/11 victims. The ceremony concluded with “God Bless America" sung by Stubbs and John Kreingberg performing "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Kenilworth Boy Scout Leader and Kenilworth police officer Michael Devlin said, “I love how patriotic Kenilworth is. It’s very touching and a bit sobering to see that after 18 years, the tragic events of that day still strengthen and bring our community together.”