The City of Jersey City held their 21st annual 9/11 memorial across the river from the former Twin Towers this morning, remembering the lives of the 38 residents lost.
The ceremony, held at the 9/11 memorial near the intersection of Hudson and Grand Streets, had a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane hit the towers in 2001.
Father Bryan Page, of Our Lady Czestochowa Catholic Church, then read the invocation.
“Father have mercy, justice, and peace. We ask mercy for the souls who perished on September 11th and the hearts of mercy for us to forgive those who committed these crimes and acts of terror. Please console the families and friends of those who still mourn their losses from that day,” he said.
“Grant peace and healing to those who still bear terrible wounds from those attacks and wars that follow. We ask that you render justice as you see fit to help heal the wounds that were inflicted on our human families. Please bring peace to our world, to our communities, to our hearts.”
Another moment of silence was taken at 9:02 a.m. to reflect on when the second plan hit during the terrorist attacks.
From there, Council members Daniel Rivera, Amy DeGise, Yousef Saleh, Mira Prinz-Arey, and James Solomon, along with Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31), read the names of the Jersey City residents who lost their lives 21 years ago.
“Taps” then played before Father Brian Fields, of Universal Full Gospel Church, gave the benediction.
“Almighty God … we ask your blessing upon our lives, on our communities. Please continue to share with us all that is good in this world, help us to know you, share your image with all whom that need it, helping to make our world and our communities better places. We ask this in your name, amen.”
The freedom wreath was then laid in the Hudson River to conclude the ceremony, where Mayor Steven Fulop served as the emcee.