PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield was among the many communities to remember and mark 18 years since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Gathered on the steps of City Hall, Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome, along with her council colleagues and members of the administration, presided over the ceremony that began with the Plainfield Police Guard Presentation of Colors.
After an a capella rendition of the National Anthem sung by Ronnell Harrison, Reverend Paul Dean gave the invocation and a moment of silence was observed at 8:46 am, the time the first plane struck one of the twin towers.
Economic Development Director Valerie Jackson recounted where she was at the time of the attack and her concern for missing neighbors, “I don’t know anyone in this area who was not touched by someone involved in that particular day. God bless our finest and bravest, you go in everyday into danger when people are running away from it. We appreciate you and we thank you."
Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess remarked, “You will remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. I remember the faces of the men and women of the Plainfield Police Department. The need to help in some way. The hurt and the pain and the desire to do something took so many to Ground Zero. It was a moment when you were proud to be a member of the Plainfield Police Department. The true meaning of the finest and bravest of this city was evident.”
Fire Director Kenneth Childress said, “As we gather today, let us also give praise for the little heroes who have chosen to pick up the mantle and forge on in their place. So if you see a firefighter or police officer, please thank them for their service, for in the course of their duties you may not get the chance to thank them again.”
Plainfield Rescue Squad leader Tim Lowe Sr. stated, “I speak from the heart as a firefighter and EMS worker. I will always remember, but is remembering them enough? So I had to honor them in a way. So to myself I said everyday I have to do something good to honor them, to remember all that was sacrificed and all that was given. So I will never forget.”
Councilwoman Mills-Ransome closed the ceremony with remarks, “We survived 9/11. The greatest call that we have is to be of service to others. Not just on 9/11 but every day. Learn to love, learn to serve.”
After the second moment of silence was observed at 9:03 a.m., Rev. Dean delivered the benediction during which the crowd held hands as a sign of unity.
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