NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Sunday in North Plainfield, members of the community gathered at the Vermeule Community Center for an interfaith service commemorating the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The North Plainfield High School ROTC Color Guard led off the ceremony that included Chief William Parenti and members of North Plainfield Police Department and Chief William Eaton and members of the North Plainfield Fire Department along with Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr., members of the Borough Council, elected officials from Somerset County, representatives of the American Legion, and North Plainfield clergy. The North Plainfield High School cheerleaders and members of the borough's Boy Scout troops also took part.
“I want to thank all of you gathered here today to pay tribute to all who died on 9/11,” said Chief Eaton in his welcoming remarks.
North Plainfield’s 9/11 Interfaith Service included prayers delivered by Rev. Scott R. Harris, pastor of Trinity Reformed Church of North Plainfield; Rev. Dr. Ursula Cargill, pastor of Agape House of North Jersey; and Rev. Joel Biggers, pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church of North Plainfield. A bagpiper with Somerset County Pipes and Drums played Amazing Grace.
On September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks resulted in the deaths of 2,997 people, including the 19 hijackers; 246 were on the four planes, 125 were at the Pentagon and 2,607 were in the World Trade Center. Of the total lives lost, 406 were emergency services workers. During the borough service, candles were lit and there were moments of silence in memory of those who died aboard American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, United Airlines Flight 93, American Airlines Flight 77, those who died in the North Tower, those who died on South Tower, and those who died serving as firefighters, police officers, emergency response workers, and constructions workers.
“The events of September 11th are and always will be important parts of this nation’s history and our community,” said Mayor Giordano. “It is important to honor and remember the thousands of people who lost their lives.”
Somerset County Freeholder Pat Walsh, a resident of Green Brook, added, "We all made a promise that we would never forget what happened that day. It was a changing point in our country's history."
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