WATCHUNG, NJ - On a blue-skied day much like the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the Watchung community gathered to remember those lost 18 years ago, including Watchung residents Christopher Ingrassia and Honor Elizabeth Wainio.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and 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.

( See video of Sen. Tom Kean Jr. here)

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The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Boy Scout Troop 32 and Watchung residents Alexandra and Danielle Toscano sang the National Anthem. Watchung Rescue Squad members Matthew King and Jeiner Betancourt- Quintanilla placed the memorial wreath.

( Video here) 

Seth Alexander, who designed the memorial, and Anthony Ingrassia, Chris Ingrassia's brother spoke about Elizabeth and Chris.

( See video here) 

The Wainio family was not able to attend so Alexander spoke about Elizabeth, who had attended a destination wedding in Italy and returned back to Watchung on Sunday Sept. 9. She was scheduled to fly to San Fransisco on the 10th but was really tired from her trip and changed her departure to the 11th.

In closing, the Valley View Ensemble, under the direction of Heidi Petersen, played  “America the Beautiful," and the crowd sang along.

And Matthew Schaefer played Echo TAPs.

(See video here)  

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.



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