U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (D-8), Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez and Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari were just a few of the dignitaries who joined North Bergen officials at the James J. Braddock Park Veterans Memorial on the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Suarez was one of many speakers who reflected on where she was 15 years ago before tragedy struck, recalling that she was vacationing with her family in Spain.
Upon returning to New Jersey, the prosecutor said she couldn’t help but notice how people came together in wake of the terrorist attacks.
Schillari, a U.S. Navy veteran, was the undersheriff at the time and was in charge of helping remove dead bodies from the Hudson River.
Sires, who was not scheduled to be a part of the program, was still the West New York Mayor back in 2001 and remembered encountering a neighboring family whose son perished in the attack.
North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco recalled the state of shock everyone was in after the Twin Towers had been hit, which was best exhibited when he visited John F. Kennedy Boulevard East.
Those with North Bergen ties that were killed in the attack were also recognized during the ceremony, including Christopher Amoroso, a Port Authority police officer who was one of many brave heroes who died helping others in the aftermath of the carnage.
Noreen Amoroso, Christopher’s mother, was gracious enough to speak with Hudson County View after the ceremony concluded.
Finally, North Bergen Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, who was driving his son to school when the terrorist attack occurred, expressed gratitude for being able to hold the ceremony at a park dedicated to our veterans.