Township remembers 9/11

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Ed Afanador, a National Guardsman who was injured in the recovery effort at the World Trade Center, speaks about his visit to the 9-11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Members of the Township Committee, residents and veterans gathered Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Veterans Park Memorial Monument to honor those who perished in the attacks of 9-11 and in the wars that followed on the 11th anniversary of the fateful day.

Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough welcomed the group, which also included Boy Scouts from Egg Harbor Township Troop 177 and members of the Veterans Advisory Board. Patrick Moschetto, a member of that board, sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.Resident Ed Afanador, a disabled National Guardsman and chairman of the upcoming Oct. 5 Wounded Warrior Project golf tournament, spoke about his recent trip to Israel, where he was able to see the country’s Sept. 11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. trans.gif

The memorial is the only place outside of the U.S. where the names of people killed that day are listed. “It is the most beautiful memorial. It’s large too, as big as this whole park,” Afanador said, motioning to the athletic fields behind the township’s memorial monument. “They read the 3,000 names of those who died,” he said, pausing for a moment to compose himself after his tears began to flow. Afanador still suffers from disabling injuries he sustained during the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center.

“When we got to speak with Benjamin Netanyahu he kept saying he had hope. It took me awhile to process what he was saying, but now I see. I am severely impaired, but I still have hope for my family. We must continue on and never forget. We are lucky to be here and to have people to protect us.”

Dotty Weiss plays “Taps” to close the township’s 9-11 ceremony.

Residents gather at Veterans Memorial Park to honor those who were lost on 9-11 and in the wars that followed on Tuesday, Sept. 11

The Egg Harbor Township Veterans Advisory Board hosted a 9-11 Remembrance event on Tuesday, Sept. 11at Veterans Memorial Park Monument.

Jacob Leeds, a Boy Scout in Egg Harbor Township Troop 177, participates in a moment of silence during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Veterans remember those lost on 9-11 and in the wars that followed during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1

Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough reads an opening statement during the township’s Sept. 11 ceremony.


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