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9/11 remembered


This year marks the 16th anniversary of the historic 9/11 attacks. In a small bedroom town 12 miles outside of NYC with a population of 11,800, 11 members of our town family were lost. These losses include:

Paul Andrew Acquaviva
Grace Alegre-Cua
Sean Caton
Anthony Dionisio, Jr.
Brendan Dolan
Timothy J. Finnerty
Joseph Francis Holland III
Damian Meehan
David Robert Meyer
Richard Morgan
Daniel M. Van Laere

Many residents of the borough were at the twin towers that morning and remember running down the flight of stairs to get out. “It was an experience that has changed my life forever”, said one resident with a tear in her eye. Other residents are just starting to be able to talk about those events without getting emotional. That day Glen Rock residents, along with GRFD and GRVAC, came together and greeted returning commuters with water and the question: are you ok?.

After the terror attacks, residents of Glen Rock founded the 501(c)3 non-profit G.R.A.C.E. – Glen Rock Assistance Council and Endowment. Residents established this organization to provide assistance to family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks. You can find out about G.R.A.C.E here.

Even to this day, current and former residents document their thoughts from that day.  Brendan Stickles GRHS class of ’95 wrote a letter about his memories of the day. You can read his letter here.

Mayor Bruce Packer also shared his thoughts through an editorial for BTN last year. You can read that editorial here.

GRACE has announced that MONDAY, September 11, 2017, will be observed as a Day of Remembrance at the Glen Rock Memorial Site at Veterans’ Park.  Family, friends and community are invited to visit the Memorial throughout the day for private personal reflection and prayer.  At 6:30pm that evening, rain or shine, we will gather together as a community at the memorial for a more formal observance which will be highlighted by song, prayer, lighting of candles and reading of the names or our eleven Glen Rock residents who we lost that day.

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