MANASQUAN – The Manasquan Fire Department led a ceremony in Squan Plaza on Sunday to honor lives lost 21 years ago on Sept. 11.
Members from the Manasquan Fire Department, Manasquan Police Department, Brielle Fire Department, Boy Scouts, a bugler and Monmouth County Pipes and Drums, as well as citizens gathered for the ceremony.
Manasquan Fire Chief Edward Hill told The Coast Star that he invited several other departments to participate and lend their support and camaraderie to the occasion.
Rev. Joseph Gratzel of First Baptist Church opened the ceremony with a prayer.
“Have mercy on the souls of our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duty,” he said.
Reverend Gratzel then prayed for the protection of the firefighters in active duty today from all harm.
The crowd was silent as a bell tolled, followed by bagpipe music.
The ceremony wrapped up with a speech by former Fire Chief Sean Boyle.
“As we go forth, remember,” he said. “Remember those who passed on 9/11 or as a result of that day…remember those who mourn and continue to suffer, and may they find healing.” Americans are at their best when they stand together, he told the crowd.
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