“While today was full of tragedy, it was additionally full of bravery and hope.”
In contrast to the crystal clear skies on the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001, dark clouds loomed over Hoboken’s Pier A Park as Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Hoboken residents gathered in an interfaith ceremony to honor those who lost their lives within the tragic occasions that changed our nation perpetually.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, about three,000 American lives have been misplaced, seven hundred of them New Jersey residents.
“Hate knows no faith,” Bhalla stated. “We seek solace in religion in occasions of problem and as we know, religion teaches love.”
Members and leaders of different faiths joined together in an evening of unity. The ceremony began with the Hoboken Police and Hearth Department Honor Guards marching out with the Hoboken Excessive Faculty Choose Chorus main the national anthem.
“Whereas this present day was full of tragedy, it was also full of bravery and hope,” Bhalla stated. “Right here in Hoboken, our EMS, volunteer ambulance providers, police and hearth departments, enterprise house owners, and even unusual residents answered the decision to obligation without hesitation.”
Alongside Bhalla was U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who earlier this morning spoke at Essex County’s 9/11 Memorial Service at Eagle Rock Reservation.
“We lost husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, and loved ones,” Menendez stated. “The reminiscences of those we misplaced are seared into our hearts. It wasn’t the government that responded to the tragedy on that day. It was our native police, our firefighters, and our EMTs.”
Fifty-six Hobpken residents misplaced their lives on Sept. 11. Their names have been announced through the ceremony by April Harris of In Jesus’ Identify Charities and the Rev. Matthew Lytikainen of Mile Sq. Church.
Prayers and readings have been additionally shared by the Rev. Sooah Na of the Group Church of Hoboken and Chaplain Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds of Hoboken University Medical Middle.
The ceremony closed with a singing of “America the Lovely” by the Hoboken Excessive Faculty Choose Refrain.
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