LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Township of Livingston held a “Ceremony of Remembrance” on Sept. 11 at the 9-11 Living Memorial Garden, located on the Oval Memorial Park, to commemorate residents from Livingston who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Livingston Girl and Boy Scouts opened the ceremony with the Flag Honor Guard and Pledge of Allegiance. Livingston Mayor Michael Rieber provided an introduction to welcome the guests and explain the meaning behind the design of the memorial garden.
“Our country came together and rose to great heights of selflessness,” Rieber said.
Township Manager Michelle Meade read the names of each Livingston resident who passed away on September 11, 2001 and recited a poem in their honor.
Meanwhile, the Livingston Girl Scouts placed eight roses on the center monument in remembrance of each resident and a bell was tolled by Vietnam War veteran Brian Boyle. The residents’ names were as follows: Luke A. Dudek, Jeffrey Brian Gardner, Donald Thomas Jones II, Ming-Hao Liu, Joseph P. McDonald, John M. Pocher and Kenneth Albert Zelman.
Guest speakers included Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who recited the poem “The Names,” by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins; a representative for Sen. Robert Menendez; Rabbi E. Samuel Klibanoff of Congregation Etz Chaim, who delivered the invocation; and Reverend Monsignor Thomas P. Nydegger of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, who delivered the benediction.
The ceremony was organized by Bunnie Ratner, garden chairperson, and Liliana Branquinho, program supervisor for Livingston Senior, Youth and Leisure Services.
“We’d like to thank Bunnie Ratner and the 9-11 committee,” Rieber said.
Also, the Livingston High School Vocal Chamber Chorus performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Let There be Peace on Earth,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “God Bless America.”