Remembering Sept. 11

Englewood Renews a Promise

By Ken Cirelli

Englewood A simple stone bench. A shade laden tree. An invitation to mourn those who lost their lives on 9/11.


The Englewood Public Library was the site of a moving tribute Sept. 7 to the eight fallen heroes from the community who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center seven years ago.

Mayor Michael Wildes served as host at the event which re-dedicated a memorial bench where Englewood residents could reflect on the losses that occurred that day. The ceremony included a contingent of honor guards from the Englewood Police Department and members of the Englewood Fire, Police and Emergency Services personnel who responded to the disaster at the risk of their own lives on that fateful day.

Staff photo by Joe Camporeale

Jerona Babb sings the national anthem at

Englewood's Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony

Sept. 9 as Mayor Michael Wildes stands at her side.

As described by Mayor Wildes, "It was important to me, having been a t Ground Zero myself, to have a place of solace where citizens of our community could gather. We purposely made sure the bench could fit two or three people so that people did not have to sit alone."

Guest Speakers included Bernard Kerik, chairman of the Kerik Group, and former 40th. Police Commissioner of New York City who played a critical role on 9/11. His calm and forceful demeanor set a tone for the resilience the country showed after that day. The images of him and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani standing side by side at Ground Zero directing the recovery efforts was an inspiration to an entire nation. In his remarks, Kerik was complimentary of the effort people from New Jersey demonstrated.

"As bad as it was that day, it was also our best day. I remember when I first got to Ground Zero, we had cop s and firemen from New Jersey who assisted us in many ways. This is my opportunity to say thank you".

A series of speeches punctuated by prayers and musical interludes paid tribute to the victims of 9/11. Rabbi Chaim Poupko reminded attendees: " Seven years have past since Sept. 11 and in Jewish thought, seven is a very significant number. It's a number that represents change and transition. The universe was transformed from chaos and void to a world that sustains life in that time. This ceremony gives us a chance to mark what is important in life."

The large crowd attending the event represented a diverse cross section of Englewood's community. Listening to the remarks, they were reminded of their own feeling of loss and sadness. Dr. Arthorine Walker, world history teacher at Dwight Morrow High School described how her students feel when the subject arises. "...The impact reverberates for those too young to remember first-hand. The children feel very sad, they know it brought change and they know it was a time of deep loss. When we have a discussion it is always painful."

The event ended with a moving tribute, "The Survivor's Tree," written by local poets Christopher C. Gagliardi and Lynda Grace. It reads: "...I saw a list of names being engraved in metal that shone the names of heroes we will not forget..."


Reproduced from The Suburbanite
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
by Michael J. Wildes, Mayor, City of Englewood
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