MIDDLETOWN, NJ: On Tuesday, October 8th, Middletown welcomed the Give2Those Mid-Atlantic Stride & Ride Relay Tactical Team, which included a procession of vehicles and motorcycles, to our WTC Memorial Gardens so they could pay their respects to the 37 residents we lost on 9/11. The relay, which spans 911 miles from Boston, Massachusetts to Arlington, Virginia, is held at the beginning of October to honor our military servicemen and women who deployed October 7, 2001.
With the beautiful backdrop of a large U.S. flag erected by MTFD Fire Chief Steve Schweizer and volunteer firefighters, Mayor Tony Perry welcomed the team, spoke about the impact of 9/11 on our town, and acknowledged late Detective Lieutenant Joseph Capriotti, who had the difficult task of being the “keeper of the list” of the 37 Township residents we tragically lost on 9/11.
Give2Those.org founder Heather Viveiros gave a powerful speech about the importance of uniting people to remember those we have lost at war, including those who have lost their lives due to military PTSD and the invisible wounds of war. She talked about the importance of remembering those who perished on 9/11 and continuing to support those currently serving, our veterans, first responders and their families.
Mayor Perry, Committeewoman Pat Snell and Chief Schweizer led the Stride and Ride team, Township officials and members of the community through the Memorial Gardens. The bell from our 9/11 ceremony, donated by Port Monmouth Fire Company, was rung before entering the Gardens and a 9/11 survivor carried a memorial flag holding over 10,000 images of 9/11 victims as well as first responders, military members and veterans lost during any era,
through the memorial.
After walking through the Gardens, members of the Stride and Ride team tolled the bell in memory of veterans’ lives lost to suicide. Per the mission of the organization, when we recognize the sacrifices they have made for us, we keep our promise that we will never forget them.
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