Jefferson Township remembered the lives lost during the events of September 11, 2001 at Municipal Complex on Friday night. Cub Scout Pack 49, along with members of Troop 49 of Milton and Troop 151 of Newfoundland, hosted the event.
Jefferson Township Fire, Rescue, and Police departments, community leaders, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts were in attendance
.Jimmy DaSilva, Cubmaster Pack 49 of Milton and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 151 led the evening’s event and started the ceremony with Emma Cieslik singing the National Anthem.
The program continued with a reading of the timeline of events from the morning of September 11, 2001, followed by a reading of the poem “We’re Still Standing.” The crowd observed a moment of silence while JTFD#1 tolled the bell in honor of all the fallen men and women.
Readings were also presented of how the relic and memorial came to be at the Municipal Complex. Next, Mayor Eric Wilsusen addressed the crowd and thanked the Boy Scouts for hosting this event every year. He was especially happy that the event was able to occur as many towns have canceled their ceremonies.
The Mayor introduced Port Authority police Lt. Joseph Macaluso, who then introduced Lt. Robert Vargar, a member of the Port Authority Police Department, who was at the scene on September 11. Lt. Vargar detailed his experience from starting off in the Lincoln Tunnel and ending up on the scene at the towers as they crumbled. He ended his talk by showing the shoes he wore and the radio he had tried to use on 9/11. He then reminded the crowd that we need to come together as Americans once again.
Jimmy DaSilva spoke to the crowd with the message of how things have changed since the events of 9/11. The ceremony concluded with the Honor Guard retiring the flag while Alexander DaSilva played “Taps” on the trumpet.