PHOTO: Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna speaks at the Elks 9/11 ceremony at Riverside Gardens Park. Photo courtesy Bruce Hanson
RED BANK, NJ - The Red Bank Elks Lodge 233 hosted a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Riverside Gardens Park this evening. Rain that had threatened activities earlier in the day held off. The skies were clear and the setting sun cast a long shadows across the park.
Exaulted Ruler Rose Brocolli led the ceremony in remembrance of the victims, emergency personnel and the friends and families of those lost during the attacks on September 11, 2001. A bell rang once as each of the presenting Elks were called to the podium to recite the time of one of the attacks and the times of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.
The leader, Rose Brocolli, checked her emotions a couple times as she read from prepared remarks. She asked the audience's indulgence for her brief pauses as she read the statement.
The mens a cappella singing group, Chorus of the Atlantic, under the direction of Craig Page, performed The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America and America the Beautiful.
Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna spoke extemporaneously to the gathering of approximately 50 people about the courage of the men and women that day and of those that survived.
The Mayor stayed after the ceremony to speak with some young people about their excitement over the start of new school year. The crowd was invited next door to the Elks Lodge for a repast.