Bayonne will hold a different type of tribute this year to those who died during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.
The move comes in the wake of an announcement by the September 11th Bayonne Remembers Committee that an in-person memorial ceremony would not be held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor James Davis announced that instead, a “Tribute by Light” at the Teardrop Memorial will honor those whose lives were lost.
Honoring the fallen
In a statement, Davis acknowledged the Bayonne residents who died in the terrorist attacks.
“The events of September 11th, 2001 were especially heartfelt in our community,” Davis said. “The World Trade Center attack and Flight 93 crash saw our friends, relatives, and neighbors taken too soon.”
Each year, the September 11th Bayonne Remembers Committee holds an interfaith service featuring prayers, readings, reflections, and songs at the Teardrop Memorial in Bayonne.
In 2007, the committee dedicated separate monuments for each of Bayonne’s victims, one who died in the World Trade Center in 1993, two who died on United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania in 2001, and ten who died in the World Trade Center in 2001.
“Since that day, we have all vowed to remember the lives lost and to strive to become better people,” Davis said. “Part of that promise is getting together each September 11th to reflect.”
Davis thanked the many residents who called his office in hopes of organizing a tribute.
“Bayonne is fortunate, as we have a beautiful monument located in the NY Harbor facing lower Manhattan,” Davis said. “‘To the Struggle Against World Terrorism’ (Teardrop Memorial) has been our meeting place for years, but this year’s ceremony has been cancelled.”
Instead, the city will shine lights at the Teardrop Memorial on September 10, 11, and 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight each night. Davis hopes this tribute serves to remind everyone of the events of that day and inspire everyone to live together in peace.
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