Interfaith Ceremony Builds on Optimism, Faith and Compassion 10 Years After Attacks on Nation
TINTON FALLS, NJ - To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11, the Seabrook community held a special service of Remembrance and Hope.
More than 240 residents filled the Town Square Auditorium to view a program that opened with the song, "Let there Be Peace on Earth," sung by members of the Silvertones- Seabrook's resident chorale group. Following the moving song, there was a poignant reading of the timeline of the events that occurred on 9/11.
The program also featured a videotaped message from U.S. Congressman Rush Holt, who talked about how hope emerges from the face of tragedy. In addition, an Interfaith service took place, along with a stirring video featuring photos of Seabrook residents interspersed with images akin to the heroics of 9/11.
U.S. Congressman Rush Holt said, "Tragedy has a way of bringing people closer together. It doesn't minimize our differences; it magnifies everything we have in common. I am hopeful today because I believe that, in spite of all the challenges we face, we still have so much in common. As we remember our loss, we also celebrate our heroes. We remember our unity - and realize that we are bound together as tightly today as we were a decade ago."
"It is vitally important that we never forget 9/11," said Seabrook resident Betty Hill. "While we must always remember, we must consider that our country continues to heal and that it is an ongoing process. Hope and faith are a large part of the process and events such as this one help bring community together."
"We felt that it was important to recognize the 10 year anniversary of September 11th by having a ceremony for our residents so that they could reflect upon the tragic
events of that day, and also look toward hope," said Art Sparks, Seabrook executive director. "A program of this magnitude offered our community the chance to not only think about the heartbreak and tragedy from that day, but also the strong faith that emerged following 9/11 - helping us heal while we continue to honor those who were lost."
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