Bridgewater Township's Sept. 11 memorial service, held in front of the municipal building in the sweltering afternoon sun, proved a potent reminder of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,606 people in the World Trade Center—including six local residents.
Hosted by Mayor Daniel Hayes, the event began with the presentation of colors by the Police Department Color Guard, and was followed by remarks by Mayor Hayes, Rabbi Ron Isaacs, of Temple Shalom, and Township Councilman and firefighter Howard Norgalis, who read "The Firefighter's Prayer."
"The lives lost will forever serve as a symbol of our unity and our desire for freedom for all Americans, as we continue to fight against terror today," Mayor Hayes said.
A moment of silence in memory of Bridgewater residents Evan Baron, Noel Foster, Ronald Tartaro, Alison Wildman, Thomas Polhemus and Lance Richard Tumulty, who were killed in the attacks.
The brief ceremony was concluded by the placement of a wreath at the township's memorial.
This is article was edited to include missing victims of the attacks.