15 years after the terror attacks that brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the Bayonne community came together for its annual candlelight vigil.
In attendance were Mayor Jimmy Davis, members of the city council, Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), Master of Ceremonies Rev. Joseph F. Barbone and many others.
“There is no stronger or better country in the world than we live in. Let us not forget but we will never forget,” Davis said.
Barbone asked the audience to remember this day 15 years ago and honor the men and women who lost their lives in the tragedy that struck our country.
“This is a day to remember, behind you are the names of 3,000 men and women who died in the Twin Towers, but there are others who are close to us who died from the City of Bayonne,” he stated.
“On the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, William Macko died. On the tragic day on September 11, 2001, 12 members of our community died. Two died in the flight 93 United Airlines.”
Waheed Akbar of the Bayonne Muslim Miraj Center said these types of unforeseen circumstances help define us.
“Tragedies and calamities are part of life but it is what you make of those tough times are what really defines us. Many times these tragedies open the door for deepening our unity and resolve as people, the attackers goal was to tear the country apart and make people fight and hate each other, but it ended up doing the exact opposite.”
“An event that was meant to divide us actually united us 15 years ago and brought all of us together but many of the political pundits now are using this for their own gains to again divide us and we must not let that happen,” Akbar exclaimed.