North Bergen officials honored the heroes lost on September 11th, 2001 with their first ever Tribute in Light at the Waterside Restaurant last night.
— Hudson County View (@HudsonCoView) September 11, 2020
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“To all the families who perished that day, all the loved ones that we lost, the fire, the police, and EMS persons that we lost that day: we’re here to honor them,” said Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Anthony Vainieri (D-8).
North Bergen’s annual 9/11 ceremony typically takes place at James J. Braddock Park, but Vainieri said that due to coronavirus concerns, township officials opted to have a Tribute in Light – which was also spurned by the uncertainty of New York City’s annual remembrance.
“A while ago, we heard New York City was not doing their lights, and we decided we would do our own here. And with the cooperation, with the Waterside, we’re able to do it. They’re now going to have lights in that area, which is a good thing,” added state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco.
North Bergen Commissioners Julio Marenco, Hugo Cabrera, and Allen Pascual, along with Police Chief Peter Fasilis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter, were also present for the brief program.
Port Authority Police Officers Chris Amoroso, Robert Cirri, and David LaMagne, as well as Sal Tieri, are the four North Bergen residents that were killed on 9/11.
A slight longer video of the event was streamed live on Sacco’s Facebook page:
The Commisioners, Freeholder Vainieri, and I are proud to host a light tribute in honor of 9/11 starting tonight and continuing for the next 5 days.#alwaysremember
Posted by Nicholas J. Sacco on Thursday, September 10, 2020