North Bergen’s annual 9/11 ceremony took place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the new memorial park. A new park with a memorial was built on the east side of Boulevard East at 79th Street, across the street from James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park and facing New York City.
Hudson County Commissioner Chairman and Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Anthony Vainieri served as master of ceremonies. Despite the rain, many residents attended the ceremony, where a new monument was unveiled in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.
The monument consists of two towers of polished American black granite. The towers are etched with images from that day and inscribed with the names of all Hudson County victims of the attack.
Mayor Nicholas Sacco offered solemn reflections on the events of 9/11. He also honored four North Bergen residents who lost their lives on that fateful day, including: Christopher Amoroso, Robert Cirri, Sal Edward Tieri, and David LaMagne, as well as Sgt. Marcos Gorra, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
The Hudson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard and the North Bergen Police Honor Guard presented the flags. The North Bergen High School Advanced Chorus sang “Amazing Grace” and the National Anthem.
Among the special guests attending the event were Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo, Julio Marenco, and Allen Pascual, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Parking Authority Executive Director Bob Baselice, Fire Department Executive Director Michael DeOrio, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, School Superintendent Dr. George Solter, and many other township officials and administrators.
After the memorial service, Sacco said in a statement: “155 Hudson County residents perished in the attack and this is our way to honor all of those residents as well as all of the other men and women who lost their lives on 9/11. We also honored the bravery of the first responders. The monument is will help us remember the lives lost on the tragic day, as well as the resolve we all showed in the face of unspeakable horror.”
Additionally, after the event Vainieri also reflected on the new memorial: “It’s important for us to remember and recognize the the civilians who lost their life as well as the first responders. 155 Hudson County residents were among the 750 New Jersey residents, and 3,000 people who lost their lives on 9/11. This monument will give us a place to remember them, honor them, and remember that tragic time in our history for the next 100 plus years.”
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