Over 300 people attended the Chatham Borough 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony Saturday evening, which marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony began with a Color Guard salute and St Ann's of Hampton Pipes & Drums at the , where a tree was dedicated in 2002 to the memory of those Chathamites who took the train into New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and never came home.
Then came a procession to Reasoner Park, where a memorial is dedicated to the first responders who died in the terrorist attacks.
Douglas Allan of the Chatham Borough Fire Department welcomed the attendees. Chatham resident Sean Switzer sang the Star Spangled Banner and the Rev. Robert Mitchell of gave the blessing. Marty Sechehay, the captain of the Chatham Emergency Squad, Chatham Borough Fire Chief Peter Glogolich and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J. Crosson laid a wreath at the memorial.
The Color Guard and bagpipe band then led the families of Chatham residents who died, members of the Chatham Borough, Township and Green Village Fire Departments, the borough and township police departments and the Chatham Emergency Squad to the . They were followed by attendees of the ceremony.
Once at Memorial Park, Allan welcomed attendees again, and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Troop 8 and Pack 8 led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Rev. Owen Moran, who was the pastor at St. Patrick Church at the time of the terrorist attacks, gave a second blessing and Switzer sang "Let There Be Peace."
This year's guest speaker was Len Resto. He said in his speech that the heroes of 9/11 were not only those who lost their lives, but their families as well.
Family members of those Chatham residents who died in the attacks read aloud the names of their loved ones, while the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts rang a bell in their memory. Girl Scouts laid flowers at the 9-11 Memorial for those victims whose families were not in attendance.
Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan gave the closing remarks, followed by Switzer singing "God Bless America." St. Ann's ended the remembrance ceremony with "Amazing Grace."
The Color Guard included: Joe Marts, a former borough mayor and council member, and member of the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department; Lt. Brian Gibbons of the Chatham Borough Police Department; Cathy Warbrick of the Chatham Emergency Squad; Don Algrem of the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department; and Dan Smith, a member of the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department and the designer of the borough's 9-11 Memorial.
Click here to see Chatham Patch's photo gallery of the Chatham Borough 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony.