WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Andy Skibitsky is extending an invitation to all Westfield residents to observe the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks next week at the town’s annual commemoration ceremony, set for the evening of Monday, Sept. 11, at the town’s September 11th memorial.
The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. The memorial is located at North Avenue at East Broad Street.
Twelve people from Westfield lost their lives in the attacks: 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.
“We must never forget our neighbors who lost their lives on that horrific day and we must never forget their loved ones whose lives were forever changed by their incomprehensible loss,” Skibitsky said in a press release.
The ceremony will begin with opening remarks from Mayor Skibitsky. Local clergy will offer prayers of commemoration followed by the presentation of the ceremonial wreath by an honor guard, the playing of “Taps” and the singing of “God Bless America.”
Each year, the ceremony concludes with a period of silent reflection and show of community support.
“The events of 9/11 affected so many people in so many different ways, and continues to do so,” Skibitsky said. “By offering the opportunity for silent reflection, this part of the ceremony allows people to reflect privately but not be alone, and it also affords those who want or need to reach out to others to do so.”