North Bergen officials remember those lost on September 11, 2001

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North Bergen officials gathered at the September 11, 2001 memorial in front of North Bergen High School this morning to honor those who lost their lives in a tragic act of terrorism.

“The shock still hasn’t worn off, years have gone by but it hasn’t worn off … that we could be attacked and not realize that it was happening,” said North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco in front of the township’s 9/11 memorial this morning.

Sal Edward Tieri, Robert Cirri and Christopher Amoroso, North Bergen High School graduates from the 1978, 1980 and 1990 classes, respectively, all died as a result of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 – which included the destruction of the Twin Towers.

“Think back to those days, think back to seeing jets hovering above us, fighter jets, looking around at the horizon, turning around, looking at all the wreckage – all flights were cancelled, except military up there protecting the area,” Sacco, also the director of elementary and secondary education, recalled.

Sacco was joined by fellow Commissioners Allen Pascual, Julio Marenco and Hugo Cabrera, Superintendent of Schools George Solter, members of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, North Bergen Police Department, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue and various school officials for the ceremony.

Furthermore, the North Bergen High School Advanced Chorus performed their rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” near the conclusion of the ceremony.