PLAINFIELD, NJ — The City of Plainfield will release a pre-recorded message Friday morning to remember those lost 19 years ago on September 11 in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Members of the administration, council members, and officials from the police and fire departments, as well as the Plainfield Rescue Squad, joined together on Tuesday, September 8 to honor those lost.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "So on that day when the planes flew into the World Trade Center, as people were jumping out of windows, as others were racing down the stairs trying to escape the buildings, you, our first responders, were moving in the other direction, you were running into the buildings. And so, we as a people, owe you, police officers, firefighters, rescue squads, everyone that can be counted among our first responders, we owe you a great debt of gratitude for how you responded, and for the sacrifices that you faced."
Remarks from city council members acknowledged Plainfield's first responders, and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess and Fire Deputy Chief Joseph Franklin also gave remarks.
Plainfield Rescue Squad's Vice President Tim Lowe Sr. gave an impassioned speech saying 9/11 was tough with the loss of brothers and sisters. "My heart is pounding right now, just pulsing at the thought of why we're here."
"Mr. Lowe, know that you will always be worthy because of the service that you've given to this city, and that you continue to give each and every day," the mayor said. "Our rescue squad, know that we appreciate you."
(According to 2020 budget meetings, thirty percent of the city's budget is allocated to police and fire divisions. The Plainfield Rescue Squad receives no money from the city.)
Union County residents are invited to honor the memory of the 60 residents who perished by visiting the Union County September 11th Memorial at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. Read more here.
Also, every American is encouraged to stand outside and wave a flag for one minute at 8:46 a.m. and then again at 9:03 a.m., according to Wreaths Across America.
Following the events of 9/11, three patriotic women were moved to find an old American flag they had stored at home and stand on a hill in Freeport, ME, waving that flag to honor victims. These women became nationally known as “The Freeport Ladies" and hoisted the Stars and Stripes every Tuesday morning for the following 18 years. After they retired on September 11, 2019, (their last 9/11 remembrance), the following Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Wreaths Across America took the helm and continued the weekly flag waving tradition. For more information, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
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