In Pictures: Summit Gathers on 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy

71e6d0f3a28e3a846a17_defd3fcc6365be2c4ddd_4ea4e6b14f2c6d42600f_DSC_0299.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
a302b6c55cc8e60280e9_DSC_0264.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
5bab4d157bb174e8eea7_DSC_0267.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
f4fb43c4f247ab0aea3b_DSC_0269.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
1d4b61569883dd91b2f3_DSC_0272.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
46e056558e868a9d3d59_DSC_0274.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
83c04adaa2841b0ba776_DSC_0275.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
6bcfb357c3dfb67ab3ed_DSC_0278.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
dd9444ab282d9039b4d7_DSC_0279.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
a0b9803b40e60f0effbb_DSC_0280.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
b4abe084f9f9eec6046c_DSC_0282.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
2e8ebe840eb63e456e8c_DSC_0284.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
ccbd224e45d1dec623e4_DSC_0286.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
b390290cf64590af676d_DSC_0288.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
7666733212967c4f81f4_DSC_0289.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
df42dfc29d0012f57d58_DSC_0290.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
0c4d58fbde70a0592af2_7623ae9040c45b994026_DSC_0294.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
f485d759465efddc94fa_DSC_0301.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
780b05b6037bf88bc2bf_DSC_0305.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
94627f881131f3a16466_DSC_0307.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
b081c2f8325b59bd311d_DSC_0308.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
91a10827974b93cecaba_DSC_0311.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
eb8c81c1d9254882436e_DSC_0316.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
280ed2f5e7536b0392a6_DSC_0319.jpeg
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
71e6d0f3a28e3a846a17_defd3fcc6365be2c4ddd_4ea4e6b14f2c6d42600f_DSC_0299.jpeg

SUMMIT, NJ - On a breezy Sunday morning that offered a welcome break from the heat and humidity, hundreds of Summit residents made a solemn but purposeful pilgrimage to the Village Green to mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The devastating events of that day -- which claimed 2,996 lives in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA -- were the catastrophic catalyst of countless stories of heartbreak and heroism.

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.

Sign Up for E-News

After a performance of My Country 'tis of Thee by the Summit High School Chorale Ensemble, a series of speakers, beginning with Summit Mayor Nora Radest, offered words of hope, strength, compassion, empathy, and controlled defiance.

In her remarks, Radest said, "Fifteen years ago today, on a bright blue September morning, our country was attacked with a brutality that was almost inconceivable -- until it happened. Even now it is almost impossible to conjure up the pure evil required to carry out such an attack. The sun shined, in the blue sky that day, upon a measured, calculated evil. But it also shined upon an immeasurable, spontaneous outpouring of courage and loving kindness.  

Every one of us remembers the heroism of the first responders. Every one of us knows stories of the bravery of everyday people thrust into responsibility simply by being in the midst of disaster. But we also remember the simple kindnesses we showed to one another, how gentle we all were with each other in those first, sad days. We were fragile here in Summit, and we knew it. We checked in on our friends and neighbors. We gathered here on this green. We lit candles and we went to services. We hugged our kids.

That is the memory that I want to take with me as the years go by.  No one will forget where he or she was, what we were doing, when we learned of the attacks. But we also will never forget the quiet strength we found in one another, in knowing that we were not alone. In our darkest days as a community, we were kinder, more thoughtful, more patient with each other. And knowing that we have that capacity gives me hope for our future. Gives me hope even in these days when we can seem so divided, so at odds with one another, about what path our country should take. It gives me hope that we will once again be kinder, more thoughtful and more patient with each other. I have seen the best that is in all of us:  as individuals, as a community, as a country on those first terrible, gold and blue, September days.  And that best is what I want to remember.  That best will carry us through."

Especially poignant was a symbolic cloth ritual, wherein attendees were given small swatches of cloth which they tied together with their 'neighbors' at the ceremony, forming a chain that binds them together in a shared humanity.

The program concluded with a rendition of Let There Be Peace on Earth by the combined Summit High School Chorale and String Ensembles.

The event also afforded residents the opportunity to participate in the 'Night Light' community service project, with tote bags being assembled for Summit first responders to give to children when they are involved in a call or emergency situation.

The 'Night Light Bags' 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.

Later, at the Summit Fire House, a ceremony was held honoring those who gave their lives that tragic day. As is tradition, the Fire Department bell was sounded in a 5-5-5-5 pattern, coinciding with the time of the South tower collapse.

Long before telephones and radios, fire departments used the telegraph to communicate. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal. That signal was measured by four sets of dashes transmitted five times. This became universally known as BOX 5-5-5-5,  the Tolling of the Bell, and was broadcast over all fire alarm circuits.

At the Fire House ceremony, Summit Fire Chief Eric Evers said, "I want to remember the first responders and members of the military that heroically gave their lives to protect others, and those that continue to lose their battle with the many ailments resulting from their unselfish service.

We can honor these brave and heroic soles by staying positive and focused on the important things in life like family, kindness, compassion, respect and love for one another. There is a saying -- “'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength, no matter what sort of difficulties, or how painful the experience is. If we lose our hope, that is our real disaster'."   

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_06f9ba160a4082bf98ad_storytime_0317

Mon, February 19, 11:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

All Ages Storytime Squad

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_8276d3aece023148c876_storytime_0317

Mon, February 19, 4:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

All Ages Storytime Squad

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_13200491777fd22369d7_storytime_0317

Mon, February 19, 4:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

All Ages Storytime Squad

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Summit Fire Department Blotter

12/16/17 7:42 am     FD dispatched to DE FOREST AVENUE and MAPLE STREET for a strong odor of natural gas in area. On arrival found an outside odor of natural gas. PSEG was requested and responded to the scene. Readings of 7% natural gas were found in the manholes in the center of the intersection. CVS was checked and zero readings for natural gas were found. Summit FD was released ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 12, 2018

2/1 - At 0955 hours a report was taken for a theft of a street sign. The unlawful incident occurred between an unknown time frame on Pine Grove Avenue. Value of the street sign was not immediately available at the time of the report.

2/5 - Roberto C. Noel-Berman, 23, of Summit was arrested and charged with possession of CDS. Mr. Noel-Berman was released with a pending court date.

2/5 - ...

Assistance Programs Available for JCP&L Customers to Help with Winter Heating Bills

February 16, 2018

As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund (USF), Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES programs.

Lifeline ...

Video: Point View's Deitze Tell CNBC Fed is 'On Track' for March Rate Hike

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on CNBC on how to position your portfolio despite more volatility:

cnbc.com/video

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Doing Well While Doing Good

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits.

Give from your IRA. Those aged 70-1/2 or older, who must take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts, can ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

Movies! Movies! Movies! - Three Ways to Enjoy Movies

Most people who use the Summit Free Public Library are familiar with our video collection: thousands of DVDs and nearly 800 BluRays -- and growing!

In addition to recent box-office hits and Hollywood classics, we have foreign films, anime, and musical performances from Aida to ZZ Top. Binge-watch a must-see TV series, discover a new one, or introduce your kids to your childhood ...