Sunday, September 11, 2011 the Bloomfield Civic Band performed at town wide Memorial Service On the Green at 10:00 A.M. Selections performed included:
Star Spangled Banner
Abide With Me
Nearer My god To thee
God Bless America
Ceremony in Bloomfield to mark 10 years since America’s darkest day
Thursday, September 8, 2011
BY JEFF FRANKEL
Nearly 3,000 people died a decade ago Sunday in the deadliest attack on American soil.
This Sunday marks exactly 10 years since the day that changed America forever. And just like the past nine years, the Township of Bloomfield is hosting a memorial ceremony on the town green.
This year is even more poignant, with the unveiling of the National September 11 Memorial at the footprints of the Twin Towers.
Bloomfield lost three residents on Sept. 11, 2001: Catherine A. Nardella, Daniel Rosetti and Cesar A. Alviar.
The municipality’s ceremony will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. on the green. It will feature an invocation by a Sacred Heart Church clergy member, remarks from Mayor Raymond McCarthy and patriotic songs by the Bloomfield Civic Band.
A wreath dedication follows, and the American flag will be presented to the three families in tribute, says Michael Sceurman, assistant recreation department director and event organizer.
Nardella, 40 at the time, worked as an insurance consultant with Aon Corp in the south tower. A Lincoln Park native, she lived alone in Bloomfield. She was very active at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
A carpenter by trade, Rosetti, 32, was in his second and final day completing a project for Aon Corp. on the 105th floor of the south tower. He left behind his fiancée, now Christine Jinesta (nee Bennett), and their 14-month-old son, Justin.
United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the southern façade of the south tower between the 77th and 85th floors. Aon’s officers were located on the 92nd and 98th through 105th floors, above the impact point.
Alviar, 60, served as an accountant with Marsh & McLennan on the 94th floor of the north tower. He left behind his wife, Grace, and daughter, Gemma.
Alviar’s company occupied eight offices between the 93rd and 100th floors. When American Airlines Flight 11 hit the building, it breached nearly the entire company’s offices. No one there at the time survived; the company lost 295 employees and 63 contractors.
A new Bloomfield 9/11 memorial is being unveiled in conjunction with the re-opening of Foley Field on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. (tonight). Its centerpiece is a 900-lb., 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center. The piece was brought to Bloomfield via the efforts of Schools Superintendent Jason Bing and Bloomfield Volunteer Emergency Squad first responder Charles Giles.