WALL TOWNSHIP — Wall Township held its annual September 11th Memorial Service on Saturday, Sept. 10, honoring the victims and first responders who gave their lives 21 years ago.
Mayor Kevin P. Orender started the ceremony, held at the memorial behind the library at the municipal complex, by welcoming participants.
Wall High School Color Guard members then presented the colors and Don and Marcee Robertson, who lost their son Donald in the Sept. 11 attacks, recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Deacon John Little of the Parish of St. Catharine and St. Margaret led an invocation, and a moment of silence was held afterward in remembrance of the loss of life. Then, Mayor Orender read the honor roll of those residents who died on 9/11: John E. Connolly, Christopher Lunder, James J. McAlary Jr., Alfonse J. Niedermeyer and Robert W. O’Shea.
Kathleen Cunningham, who runs Team Shamrock, a fundraising team for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation where she serves on the board, explained the foundation’s objective during a speech. The foundation honors firefighter Stephen Siller, who ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers on foot and sacrificed his life to save others. Every year, a 5K Walk/Run symbolizes Siller’s final steps with proceeds from the event supporting the foundation’s programs on the last Sunday in September; this year’s race will be on Sunday, Sept. 26.
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