The Wellesley Hills Fire Department Headquarters on Route 9 was for the 18th year the location of the town’s annual remembrance ceremony to observe the events of September 11, 2001 and honor the 2,977 civilians and first responders who died in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. About 70 Wellesley residents, first responders, and other town employees gathered to once again hear the somber toll of the bell and hear the names of town residents who died in the terrorist attacks. The gathering ended on an appropriately solemn note, as all bowed their heads to the mournful wail of Taps, played by bugler Kim Shaw, a Library Associate at Wellesley College and a member of the US Coast Guard Reserves.
Rabbi Moshe Bleich from Wellesley Weston Chabad provided the benediction and said, “That fateful day will always be in our hearts…give strength and comfort to the survivors so that they may find purpose in their lives.” He led the crowd in prayer for “a world of justice, compassion, and peace.”
Board of Selectmen members Lise Olney, Beth Sullivan Woods, Tom Ulfelder, and Chair Marjorie Freiman were in attendance. Freiman remarked, “What we do today is to come together and pay our greatest respects to, and honor those, who were taken from us or injured by this senseless act of terror.”
Wellesley residents who lost their lives in the attacks were named: Neilie Casey; Edmund Glaser; Patrick Quigley; and John Cahill.