Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11 one decade remembrance ceremony in Hoboken

Two photos this evening capturing the event.  Among the hundreds of spectators, local and state officials was one special guest speaker who came to represent the NJ Governor: State Attorney General Paula Dow.

NJ Attorney General and Mayor Dawn Zimmer share a moment in what was a somber event.

At the end of the ceremony, candles were lit in honor of Hoboken's 57 victims who were murdered at the WTC.

MSV will be back with more reflections on the evening.

City to hold 9-11 interfaith service at Pier A - 6:00 PM tonight

The City of Hoboken announces:

The Hoboken community will come together to share in its Annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation. This year’s theme will be “A Time To Come Together, A Time To Remember.” Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.
The service will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 pm. The Hoboken Clergy Coalition, various community organizations, and elected officials, including Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, former Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, and Congressman Albio Sires, will share in this remembrance on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001.

Guests are asked to arrive by 5:45 pm so the service can begin promptly.
Honor Guard from last year's 9-11 service at Pier A

9-11 10 years later: Time passes but the loss is present

Each year this day brings one further removed from the ultimate moments of sadness.  With it, a faint hope as the day approaches it will be further removed from memory, less memorable, distant with less feeling.  When the day arrives, those hopes are dashed.

The first anniversary was the worst.  Midday in downtown Hoboken the air was carrying the vibrations of loss from across the river.  It wasn't a feeling, it wasn't a passing thought - it was palpable.

Everyone has a story that day.  Like so many, I had worked in the shadow of the World Trade Center for four years leading in never thinking of the dangers that would arrive.  People perished murdered at the hands of terrorists convinced of their religious rectitude. Their victims were people I had worked with, done business with, gone to school with and some among the 57 neighbors here in Hoboken murdered that day.

 In 1993, my first reaction working in Tribeca to the news of the buildings being bombed was denial. Eight years later, I saw the second airliner hit and instantly knew the reality: terrorism.

The people responsible for the 1993 attack were said by those who knew better they would be back to finish the job.*  They were right.  This time the murders were multiplied many times over, the damage seemingly incalculable in rubble from where the the two monoliths once stood.

Words are inadequate.  More important, it's necessary to do so anyway if nothing more than to not allow the remembrance to become too distant.

Honor them.

* One of the 1993 WTC bombers escaped to Iraq where he lived a comfortable life with a government home and check.  His colleague Ramzi Yousef was captured and confident the job would be finished.  Eight years later, Yousef's uncle, Khalid Shaikh Mohamed did.

Related: Christopher Hitchens facing his own mortality reflects on the inherent nature of what America faced that day.

National Geographic put together an extensive feature on the fateful day.