On Sunday, September 11, 2022, in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the September 11th attacks and in honor of those lives lost, as well as to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our fellow Americans that day and in the years to follow, Mayor Robert Hudak, Council President Joan Brush, Chief of Police Robert Dolan, Volunteer Fire Company members, and special guests joined our residents for a remembrance ceremony at the Whiting Volunteer Fire House.

We paused this morning, all of these years later, to reflect upon those lives lost on that fateful day and in the days and years that followed. Some were lost as they went about their everyday lives. Others as they rushed, selflessly, to respond to the scene. And yet more gave all in service to our Country in the aftermath of the attack.

To honor those among our neighbors lost, Mayor Hudak read the names of each Ocean County resident lost on September 11th, including Manchester Township resident Cira Patti. The Mayor also issued a Proclamation recognizing Patriot Day in Manchester Township, honoring the profound ways in which September 11th has touched so many lives and brought out the best in our Country’s character.

Highlights from the ceremony included a keynote address from Rocky Raimonda, retired FDNY, who spoke about his experiences serving as a firefighter on September 11th, 2001. Rev. James Davis, retired Pastor, Whiting Methodist Church, and current Manchester Police Chaplain, delivered the Invocation and Benediction. Additionally, the Manchester Police Honor Guard performed the Presentation of Colors, and to close the morning’s events Jurissa DeOcampo performed “Taps.” Patriotic musical performances throughout the ceremony included “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Amazing Grace,” performed by Marisiya Goins.

On behalf of Mayor Hudak and the Township Council, thank you to everyone who attended and participated in creating such a memorable event to mark the anniversary of September 11th, including the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Division of Emergency Services, and local Scout organizations.

We will never forget.