Blaring sirens pierced somber silence outside Newark City Hall Sunday as the city joined the rest of the nation in a Moment of Remembrance, a measure introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to recognize the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.
All 24 companies sounded their sirens while church bells tolled at 1 p.m. just before silence blanketed Brick City for one minute of reflection. On Green Street, city officials and NFD members hung a wreath in honor of the 9/11 victims near the existing firemen's memorial, while a single bagpiper played "Amazing Grace." (See video above.)
"The part that I took with it (9/11) … is seeing everybody pull together," said Newark Fire Chief , who Friday. "Just the fact that looking around that pile and seeing everybody from every walk of life. As I said the other day, that's what America's all about."
The freshly landscaped site at city hall will soon be unveiled as the Garden of Remembrance in memory of the five Newarkers who died on 9/11. The garden features an array of colorful mums and leafy plants in honor of Rev. Sean Booker, Elizabeth Ann Darling, Daphne F. Elder, Syed Abdul Fatha and Harry Ramos.
Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana paid tribute his neighbor Ramos, a father of two and stock market trader at May Davis Group in the north tower. Quintana has already dedicated a tree and street in the North Ward in honor of Ramos, who he said was "very special to Newark."
"As time goes on, a tree grows and it reminds you of a tower that stands tall," said Quintana. "To me, Harry was a tower, a gentleman, a man."