Led by Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County’s annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony marked the 19th anniversary of the devastating events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93.
Coming together as a Ocean County Government family, Freeholder Vicari was joined by Freeholders Gary Quinn and Virginia E. Haines, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer, the Rev. Peter Hartney, Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella and numerous members of the County staff and the public to remember all those lost on September 11 and all those suffering the effects of 9/11 related illnesses.
“Nineteen of our own residents perished that day and countless others that had ties to the County were lost,” Vicari said. “This is a day to mourn the loss and to remember.” Wreaths were placed at the Sept. 11 Memorial on Hooper Avenue, Toms River, at the Ocean County Government Complex as well as the War on Terror Memorial.
Joining in the wreath laying ceremony was Lt. Col. Brian McCarthy, N.J. Air National Guard, 177th Fighter Wing. Ocean County Sheriff’s Officer Nicole Tamburro performed the National Anthem and God Bless America.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard posted the colors and Toms River Fire Company No. 1 provided the American Flag that hung above the attendees.