SUMMIT, NJ - Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the devastating terror attacks of 9/11, which claimed 2,996 lives in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA. Among those who perished in New York City were nine Summit residents -- Mark Bruce, David Brian Brady, Thomas R. Clark, James Lee Connor, Kevin Raymond Crotty, Thomas I. Glasser, Robert A. Lawrence, Jr., A. Todd Rancke, and Clive "Ian" Thompson.
The City of Summit, as is tradition, will hold a ceremony at the fire house honoring those who gave their lives that tragic day. The ceremony's schedule includes:
9:50 a.m. - Summit Fire Department Honor guard will assemble and present colors, followed by welcoming remarks.
9:58 a.m. - Deputy Fire Chief Donald C. Nelson will explain the significance of ringing the fire department bells.
9:59 a.m. - Sounding of the fire department bell in a 5-5-5-5 pattern, coinciding with the time of the South tower collapse, followed by a a minute of silence to reflect for those that lost their lives. Mayor Nora Radest will then offer her remarks.
Interfaith Community Gathering
At 9 a.m., Summit's Interfaith Council has organized a Community Gathering on the Village Green, which will include a ceremony of remembrance, art displays, and a musical performance by the Summit High School string and vocal ensemble.
The event will also afford residents to participate in the 'Night Light' community service project, which will assemble tote bags for Summit first responders to give to children when they are involved in a call or emergency situation.
The 'Night Light Bags' will include a blanket, stuffed animal, and glow stick. The City of Summit is encouraging residents to donate new, hard-cover books to be included in tote bags as well.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Sanctuary at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 70 Maple Street.