Brigantine banded together as a community Monday in a somber tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 16 years ago.
The ceremony took place in the driveway of the Brigantine Fire Department, adjacent to a 9/11 memorial plot at the municipal complex at 14th Street and Brigantine Avenue. It started at roughly the same time of day that the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed after being hit by one of four planes hijacked by terrorists.
Brigantine Fire Department Capt. Paul Fuller called for a tolling of the station bell and a moment of silence Monday for what was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
Rev. John Scotland of Community Presbyterian Church led the group in prayer, reminding listeners that while the nation still reels from the devastation of two deadly hurricanes in three weeks, “all of whom remain in our hearts and our minds, this occasion is especially for the remembrance of 16 years ago, and the victims and responders to the terrorist attacks in New York, D.C., and in the field of Pennsylvania.”
Deputy Mayor Andy Simpson spoke on behalf of the city.
“Buildings are made of concrete and steel – they can be rebuilt and are not what matters,” Simpson said. “What matters are the souls that those airplanes took when they struck the towers and the Pentagon, and the souls who took over the plane on Flight 93 outside of Pittsburgh, sacrificing their own lives to save others.
“We became the United States of America when we all stood as one that day,” he added. “I can't be more proud of the effort and dedication of people throughout our country to regroup and stand together. God bless America, God bless Brigantine, and thank you all for coming.”