Cub Scout Pack 49 hosted a moving 9/11 memorial ceremony to honor and remember the tragedy and heroism of the events of September 11, 2001. The event took place at Jefferson Township’s 9/11 memorial at the municipal complex on Weldon Road.

The opening procession, led by Cub Scouts from Pack 49, included Boy Scouts as well as members of the Lake Hopatcong and Milton fire departments. Also in attendance were Girl Scouts, emergency medical services personnel, youth football teams, and cheerleaders.

Cubmaster Jimmy DaSilva led the ceremony, which started with Emma Cieslik’s beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Zachary DaSilva of Troop 151 read a timeline of events from the morning of 9/11. Christopher Morgan recited Hannah Schoechert’s poem “We Are Still Standing.” A moment of silence was observed; a fire department bell tolled for all the fallen. Girl Scouts Gwen and Ella Denardo recounted the history of Jefferson Township’s 9/11 memorial relic. Attendees then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Boy Scouts folded and retired the American flag to conclude the ceremony.

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The moving event was planned to bring the community together to enforce the ideals that people are all the same and children are our hope for a brighter future.

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