Belmar holds memorial ceremony for victims of Sept. 11, 2001

Michael Carr, Wall Township resident and building superintendent, made the artwork inspired by the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 from recycled mirrors. PHOTO BY ERIN BRAUTIGAN

BELMAR — Representatives of the borough and St. Rose High School, held a ceremony on Tuesday to honor the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Mayor Brian Magovern spoke of the three lives lost from the St. Rose community, including Michael Lynch, whose remains, like those of many victims, were not among those identified and returned to his family. The mayor said he hoped that continuing DNA identification efforts would eventually bring closure to such families.

Gene Murray, who organizes the annual ceremony, discussed his memories of the 2001 attacks, which occurred while he was working at St. Rose. He recalled how students watching the television coverage that day were overcome with emotion because so many of their family members worked in Manhattan. As a result, the TV had to be turned off, he said.

Sister Michael Hill of St. Rose High School, who spoke after the Pledge of Allegiance, said, “Where the Twin Towers stood, today they have a great water feature that flows into the pools below. A gentle contrast to the past destruction.”

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