WESTFIELD, NJ — A crowd gathered at Westfield’s September 11th Memorial Park Sunday evening to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky read the names of the 12 people from Westfield who lost their lives that day: Andrew J. Alameno, David Otey Campbell, Michael A. Davidson, Dean P. Eberling, Stephen Mark Fogel, Thomas Glasser, Leo Russell Keene III, Richard B. Madden, John “Pepe” Salerno, See-Wong Shum, Anthony Starita and Jim Walsh.

After the ceremony, Mayor Skibitsky reflected on the attacks of September 11, 2001, with TAPinto Westfied.

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“It’s a very solemn occasion. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years. For all the children remembering their loved ones, so much has been taken from them,” Skibitsky said.

He added, “We’ve always had a nice turnout [for the ceremony], which is heartwarming. It greatly impacted this area and this region of the country.”

Rev. Michael Saporito of the Parish Community of St. Helen spoke, as did Douglas Sagal, senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El.

Rev. Saporito quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and prayed for peace and love and for all of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

For Rabbi Sagal, a life-long resident of Berkeley Heights, he said that the attacks that day had great personal meaning.

“Several members of my congregation lost their lives at the towers and on Flight 93,” the rabbi said before the ceremony.

Westfield resident Dr. Ted Schlosberg performed “Taps.” Patti Gardner sang “God Bless America.” The ceremony concluded with a moment of silence.

Sunday’s ceremony can be viewed on the town of Westfield’s Facebook page.

A frequent contributor to TAPinto Westfield, Mike Cohen is the founder/director of Throwback Sports (a sports program for children of all abilities) and the sports editor of Education Update. He can be reached at throwbacksports@verizon.net