HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Residents, clergy and elected officials honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at a solemn service at the Firemen’s and 9/11 Memorial Park at the Circle, which spilled from the seating area into the street.
The service opened with the presentation of colors by the Hasbrouck Heights Police and Fire Honor Guards, while members of the police department, fire department and Boy Scouts stood at attention. Mayor John DeLorenzo opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Conchita Parker singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” After DeLorenzo’s opening remarks, the Rev. Patrick Mulewski led the invocation.
John Delgiodice and Marlon Baculio led the crowd in singing “Draw Me Close to You” and the moving traditional hymn “Amazing Grace.”
Personal reflections were shared by Amanda DeLorenzo, who was in middle school on 9/11. She read an article she penned in high school on her observations on how her world was changed that day by “true evil” but had learned the powerful lessons from fellow Americans and in the local community about courage, faith and strength.
Also sharing his observations was Deacon Paul Carris. He recalled how Hasbrouck Heights and the country saw the best in humanity for several years after the attack, despite the ongoing grieving. He noted the tremendous job of rebuilding at Ground Zero and encouraged people to visit to the 9/11 Memorial, Museum and Reflecting Pool. He also provided insight and advice on how to face the new reality by looking inward and serving our fellow man.
The benediction was given by the Rev. Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church, and Parker closed with “God Bless America.”
Afterwards, people quietly visited the 9/11 memorial.