BAY HEAD — As part of the first Walking Wednesday of the new school year, Bay Head Elementary students, parents, teachers, as well as borough officials and first responders, came together at the Bay Head borough clock on Bridge Avenue to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, to honor the fallen and to thank the heroes who risk their lives, and continue to do so, to make the country a safer place.
“It is great to see a big turnout and I want to make it very clear to everybody, including the young men and women that are here, that today marks the 18th anniversary of 9/11,” Mayor William Curtis said.
“Many people were killed and we are honoring their loss today and I am so happy to see so many people are here. I [hope you] show up every Wednesday like this because this makes it really nice.”
With their laces tied and their backpacks strapped on, the students had a chance to mingle and ask questions of members of the Bay Head Police Department, including Chief William Hoffman, Capt. John LaSpina and Lt. Zach Keller, and got to see the equipment and uniforms used by Bay Head Fire Company No. 1 members including Chief Stephen Fitzpatrick.
“You hear a lot about first responders and we have our very own first responders here from our police and re departments … it is so nice to have you guys all come out. We really, really appreciate it,” Mayor Curtis said. “This is a big day. It is a sad day, but a happy day.”
Prior to the walk, all those in attendance observed a moment of silence to remember and honor the almost 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
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