East Windsor Township Dedicates Memorial, Remembers 9/11
Sunday's ceremony included readings, memories and song.
East Windsor Township held a ceremony Sunday remembering those who lost their lives 10 years ago during the 9/11 attacks, and dedicated a memorial honoring those who died.
“Today we stand 10 years from the event, to the day, on which nearly 3,000 lives were lost, 746 in our state of New Jersey and 6 here in East Windsor Township,” said Mayor Janice Mironov, who led the ceremony.
Six East Windsor residents lost their lives on 9/11, the most amount killed in a township in Mercer County, according to Mironov.
Colleen Barkow, Debbie Bellows, Anil Bharvaney, Neil Lai and Ruth Lapin died at the World Trade Center, and Lorraine Bay died on Flight 93, where she was a flight attendant, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
Speakers remembered where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, memorialized those who died and paid tribute to first responders.
“Our first responders, who thought more about others than themselves, many of them paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is that spirit and heroism that must be remembered, not just one decade after, but for all decades to come,” said East Windsor schools Superintendent Edward Forsthoffer.
Speakers included Rev. Suzanne Schaffer-Coates of The Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, East Windsor Police Chief William Spain and Rev. James Egan of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The ceremony also included readings by Tulsi Desai and Kelsey Brey from the East Windsor Regional School District Red Cross Club. Local boy scouts and girl scouts opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance” led by Douglas Herrin, Larry Rosenthal and Paul Luhrman.
Musical performances included the “National Anthem” and “America the Beautiful” by the Hightstown High School Chamber Singers, “Fireman’s Prayer…a Song of Tribute” by Harvey Bailey and William Kerr of the East Windsor Fire Company #1, “Songs of Peace” by the Sanctuary Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown and “There She Stands” and “One Song” by the East Windsor Hightstown Chorale and Allentown Presbyterian Church Choir.
Closing the ceremony, songs included “Light One Candle” by Cantor Stuart Binder of Beth Chaim, “Amazing Grace” by The Trenton Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipe Band and “God Bless the USA” led by Bailey and joined by those in attendance.
Approximately 600 to 700 people attended the ceremony, Mironov said.