Victims of Sept. 11 attacks remembered on 19th anniversary

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Friday evening’s remembrance ceremony, held in honor of the 343 firefighters who perished on 9/11, was attended by firefighters from Manasquan, Brielle and Sea Girt in addition to local first responders. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

MANASQUAN — Squan Plaza was filled with members of the community and first responders on Thursday evening for the borough’s annual memorial ceremony held in honor of the victims of 9/11.

Every year, Manasquan Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and Manasquan Engine Company No. 2 honor the 343 fallen firefighters along with all who died in the terrorist attacks 19 years ago.

Fire Chief Tom Schofield spoke about the unwavering dedication of first responders who ran toward the destruction on Sept. 11, 2001.

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“Almost immediately that morning, despite destruction, pain and chaos, emergency personnel went to those who needed help without hesitation as they do to this day,” he said. “We were attacked, perhaps tested, but certainly not broken.”

On the anniversary of the attacks, attendees were reminded to remember all who perished at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as the families and friends who mourn the loss of a loved one.

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