Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the day that none of us will ever forget. Everyone will at some point be thinking about where they were when they first heard the news that morning. And for so many, their lives will have been forever changed. Although I was spared any personal loss that day I, like all of you, continue to ache for all of our friends and neighbors who were not as lucky.
I hope you can join me tomorrow for Hoboken's annual 9/11 Memorial Service. It will start at 6pm and will be held in Pier A Park. It looks like it will be a warm, summer evening with a small chance of rain, so maybe bring your umbrella just in case.
For those unaware, Hoboken suffered some of the highest casualties across the state with 56 Hoboken residents losing their lives that day. In 2002, the City planted 56 Ginko trees as a living memorial at the top of Pier A Park (closest to the road). And two years ago, the City unveiled a breathtaking sculpture for those victims – 56 panes of glass aligning with the World Trade Center site, each inscribed with the name of those who died that day. If you haven’t yet made a point to go see both, please do. This is a picture I took from the unveiling.
For those reading this who did suffer losses that day, please know that your Hoboken friends and neighbors are among the many who hope that with each passing day you have more smiles than tears in your memories of those you have lost.