WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents gathered at the town’s 9/11 monument Friday evening, where clergy offered prayers and the mayor reflected on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Mayor Shelley Brindle read aloud the names of the 12 people from Westfield who were among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks. Brindle drew parallels between the 9/11 and the pandemic.

“There are those who say COVID-19 is this generation’s 9/11. I will let the historians make that determination,” Brindle said in her remarks. “This current moment of crisis some 19 years later, of course, differs in very obvious respects and yet finds our nation tested once again in unimaginable ways.”

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At the ceremony, residents clad in face coverings spaced themselves out across the grass and listened to the speeches conveyed through speakers and streamed on Facebook so that people could maintain their social distance.

Anne Glasser, 88, came to remember her son, Thomas Glasser.

“He would be 60 this year,” Glasser said after the ceremony. “When he died, he had two little boys.” Those boys, who were then 1 and 3 years old, are now in college, she said.

Flowers placed by the town adorned a memorial pillar in remembrance Thomas Glasser. It is one of 12 pillars at the monument — one for each Westfield resident who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Resident Sally Cohen-Alameno lost her husband, Andrew J. Alameno, in the attacks. He worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, located in Tower 1, she recalled.

“It feels like it was yesterday, and it also feels like it was 400 years ago,” Cohen-Alameno said. “It means a great deal to all of us that the town still does this.”

The 9/11 victims from Westfield are as follows:

  • 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
  • James Walsh

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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