PISCATAWAY, NJ – In solemn remembrance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a day now forever known as 9/11, members of the Piscataway Elks gathered with township officials and guests in front of Lodge # 2414 with their annual tribute to the thousands of lives that were lost, and to the heroes who rushed in to help.

“As we know, freedom is the cornerstone of the American way of life,” said the lodge’s Exalted Ruler, Maureen Chapman during Friday’s service. “Today we acknowledge the 19th anniversary of the day we witnessed the purposeful, large scale destruction of innocent and defenseless lives on American soil.”

“September 11 helped shape who we are and what we believe in,” Chapman continued. “It reminded us of how fragile our freedom can be. The day holds countless stories of survival, courage and heroism which also revealed the strength of freedom.”

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Members of the River Road Fire Department joined lodge officers, township officials, and guests lighting commemorative candles placed in front of a replica World Trade Center-Twin Towers Memorial Garden in memory of those affected by the tragedy, including three lost who were from Piscataway.

Dignitaries from other Elks lodges reflected on their experiences during the attacks, and Marie Kleeman read the poem, “Why” which was written by an unknown author in remembrance to those who lost their lives at the twin towers and at the Pentagon.

We Will Never Forget.

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