9-11 Memorial Service
Hasbrouck Heights held Memorial Services commemorating
the 5th Anniversary of September 11th, 7:00 p.m. at the Firemen’s
Memorial Park at The Circle. The theme was, "Honoring
The program was led by Council President Thomas
E. Meli and began with the Corpus Christi Choir singing "America
Meli led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The invocation, remembering great courage,
service and sacrifice, was given by Rev. Dianna Smith, Pastor,
First Reformed Church.
Mayor Ronald R. Jones read a litany recalling
the people and events affected by 9/11; the gathering refrained,
"We Remember Great Courage."
Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Pastor, First United
Methodist Church and former chaplain of the Kansas City Police
and Fire Department, provided the meditation.
She spoke about the danger to our first responders
and about their risking their lives for their community and
responding to their fellow responders of 9/11 who were in
She said, "This evening is an opportunity
for us as a community to say thank you, and to remember those
who answered the call and responded to Ground Zero with the
hope of rescuing someone."
She read a poem, "Heroes Among Us."
She reminded us that we must remember it was more than 9/11,
it’s that they respond every single day of every year.
The choir led the gathering in the "Star
Guest speakers, Fire Chief Joseph Taylor Jr.,
and Firefighter Thomas Rubino (both responded to Ground Zero)
spoke on behalf of the members of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire
Department, Police Department and EMS personnel who responded,
thanking everyone for remembering; emphasizing that they are
not really heroes, although they appreciate the title.
Rubino said, "We love what we do. And
it is what we do. And on that day, all of those responders
did what they do best. They responded!
It has often been said that firefighters run
into buildings while everyone runs out -- and on that day
many of those who were not firefighters, ran into those buildings,
and gave their lives without a second thought.
I watched civilians, police and firefighters
dig with their bare hands hour after hour.
It’s what we do. Were merely the guy
next door and the guy who runs the shop.
A phoenix arose from the dust and rubble in
New York City. That phoenix has made the United States of
America stronger; it has made every one of these first responders
develop a stronger commitment to continue to do what we do
best -- It is to respond.
From the bottom of our hearts we say, thank
you. Never, ever forget September 11 and that this is still
the United States of America."
Mr. Meli read the names of those from Hasbrouck
Heights who responded.
The choir led the everyone in singing "Amazing
Rev. Dr. Michael Avila provided the Benediction.
Dr. Avila was part of the Clergy based at
St. Paul’s Chapel who ministered to the responders,
some who worked one, two and three shifts in a row, if only
to try and find someone. He concluded with a prayer and blessing.
Robert Miller, who was killed in the attack
was remembered. Paul Carris, who survived the attack, was
recognized for his heroism.
The program concluded with Conchita Parker
and the Corpus Christi Choir singing "God Bless America."