SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Mayor Richard Huber, with the members of Springfield's Township Committee in attendance, read a proclamation commemorating the 17thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks and establishing Sept. 11, 2018 as a National Day of Service.

The attacks in 2001 involved the hijacking of airplanes by terrorists who flew them into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and The Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth plane was also hijacked, but passengers on board brought the plane down in Shanksville, Pa. before it could reach its target.

Of the 2,996 victims of 9/11 two, JoAnn L. Heltibridle and Lee Adler, were from Springfield. Both worked at the World Trade Center in New York City.

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Speaking after the ceremony, Mayor Huber said that like many people in the area, he had a story about being in New York before 9/11 and had actually known one of the Springfield residents who perished. The 

“I didn’t know JoAnne [Heltibridle], but I did know Lee [Adler],” Huber said. “I had seen Lee the day before, I was working over in the World Trade Center. It’s very important to me to remember, because I never want to forget them.”

Huber said that he still gets choked up when thinking about that day, and also said he wanted to honor all the victims of the attack, as well as the first aid personnel who came to the rescue, adding “I will never forget, and the people will never forget. And I want to honor all the firemen, EMT, police. Any people who helped.”

As for the National Day of Service, Huber said that in the aftermath of 9/11, he personally saw an increase in community involvement and charity, and he said that a day of service is an acceptable way to memorialize the events of the day.

“If you look back at it, we all pulled together afterwards,” Huber said. ”I was in New York afterwards and I walked up, and people were helping each other, and that’s what we need to do.”