BRICK TOWNSHIP — During a rain shower on Sunday, Sept. 11, people gathered under the gazebo at Windward Beach Park to commemorate the lives lost 21 years ago during the terrorist attacks on American citizens. Eight Brick residents were among those lives lost.
Members of the three Brick Fire departments and the Brick Police attended in support of the families of the deceased and those still struggling from the aftermath of the attack.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Pastor Alex Perednia from Living Faith Bible Church spoke about the families of the deceased. “Let us remember the way that our thoughts and our love was addressed toward the families then, and let us renew our love for them today, and concern for their welfare,” he said.
Then Mayor John Ducey gave remarks encouraging people to continue their support with those who were present during the attack 21 years ago, and who suffer with diseases as a result.
Reading Psalms 23 and 46 were Reverend Leslie Martin with the First Baptist Church of Laurelton and Pastor Steve Phillip from Osbornville Baptist Church.
Additionally, a prayer specifically dedicated to law enforcement, fire patrol and EMS was given by Reverend Douglas Chase, an officer from the Brick Township Police Department.
As a bell tolled, Mayor John Ducey then read the names of local residents killed in the attacks: John Badagliacca, Brett Bailey, Robert P. Devitt, Michael Diehl, John Perconti, James Sands, Thomas Sgroi, and Christopher M. Traina. At the end of the ceremony, participants lit battery-powered candles in their memory.
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