WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung community gathered to remember those lost 19 years ago, including Watchung residents Christopher Ingrassia and Honor Elizabeth Wainio.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, Watchung Borough Council members and Mayor Keith Balla joined members of the Watchung Borough police, fire and rescue squad and Watchung residents at Watchung's annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony where Rev. Michael Droege delivered the invocation and benediction.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Boy Scout Troop 32 and Watchung residents Alexandra and Danielle Toscano sang the National Anthem. See video here
Murphy thanked all first responders and Gov. Donald DiFrancesco of Warren Township, who was the Governor of New Jersey nineteen years ago. See video here
Malinowski remembered being in Washington D.C on Sept. 11, 2001.
and Bramnick referenced the bipartisan group assembled and said, "we need more of that."
"When it comes to defending America and defending our freedoms, America will never be challenged from within."
Seth Alexander, who designed the memorial, spoke about Elizabeth and Chris and thanked all involved in the creation of the memorial.
And Jonah Balla played Echo TAPs.
Watchung’s 9/11 memorial features a heart-shaped ‘Journey of the Heart’ design incorporating a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that was inlaid in a marble block encompassed by a half circle memorial stone wall mural. The memorial features a plaque dedicated to everyone who died on September 11, 2001, including Watchung residents Christopher N. Ingrassia and Honor Elizabeth Wainio.
Saplings were distributed to every family in attendance as a living memorial.
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