NUTLEY, NJ - Under sunny skies reminiscent of September 11, 2001, Nutley residents gathered at Monument Park at Town Hall to remember those lost on a day that changed America.
18 years ago today, three Nutley residents, Lt. Robert Cirri, Frank LaLama, and Dorota Kopiscko, lost their lives during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. The ceremony also honored those lost at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and on United Flight 93.
Political leaders, including Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers, spoke at the event that was attended by scores of residents. Father Thomas Nicastro of St. Mary's Church offereed the invocation in which prayers included those who work in the diplomatic service and intelligence community to keep our nation safe.
Choir members from Nutley High School sung "All My Trials" under the direction of Stephane Gaines.
The Reverend Pam Bakal read the names of the Nutley residents who perished on that fateful day. After reading the names, silence was only brokens by the ringing of the Nutley Fire Department Bell and the songs of birds. The bell was rung run one time for each resident lost.
The Reverend David LeDuc closed the ceremony in prayer. Prayers were offered for those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, their families, and those affected by illness from serving at the World Trade Center site atter the attack.
Nutley has held a memorial service on the morning of September 11 every year since September 11, 2002.
For tonight, residents are asked to place a lit candle on their front porch, or place an electric candle in their window between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.