Teaneck first responders, town officials and residents gathered Wednesday morning to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks twelve years ago.
Teaneck Rabbi Lawrence S. Zierler said the community continues to carry the memories of loved ones who died in the attacks, including eight township residents.
“We ask ourselves today what have we learned over a dozen years. We have learned that time does not heal. We have learned that tyranny is not tempered, necessarily, by the passage of time,” Zierler told attendees at the town’s annual remembrance at the Municipal Building.
“We must not allow the names of our dear ones, here and elsewhere, to grow distant from our hearts and our minds,” he said.
Patriotic Observance Advisory Board Chairman John McGilchrist urged attendees to continue to honor those lost on Sept. 11, adding the tragic events should not fade from memory like the Pearl Harbor attack.
“We must never forget,” McGilchrist said.
Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin and Councilman Yitz Stern placed a ceremonial wreath at the Municipal Building plaque honoring residents who were killed in the attacks.
Police Sgt. John Garland was also on hand to play "Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes while the department’s honor guard stood by.