BERKELEY TWP-Berkeley Township was honored with receiving the Ground Zero flag and its companion, the Cross, which was fashioned out of marble from the lobby of one of the WTC buildings.
The honor of receiving the Ground Zero flag was held at the 9/11 Memorial by the stage in Veterans Park, Bayville.
This flag, with a now 17 year history, was flown over the rubble at the World Trade Center site and later flew over the “Spider Hole” where Saddam Hussein was hiding. The flag has flown over the Pentagon, several Air Force and Naval bases, numerous Government buildings and has flown thousands of miles, greeting Troops and First Responders.
The Ground Zero flag must be flown at each site for at least 9 minutes and 11 seconds.
James Sperber, Lieutenant with the Bayville Fire Department lead the flag raising by discussing the heroes and the innocent Americans who lost their lives on 9/11, such as Colleen Meehan Barkow, whose parents were in attendance.
Lt. Sperber added, “The devastating loss brought us together as a country, one nation of proud, caring Americans who are united and stronger than ever.”
Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato thanked the Ground Zero flag team and The Meehan family, who were present at the ceremony and who were instrumental in assisting the Township in obtaining a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The Meehan’s tragically lost their daughter Colleen on 9/11.
The Mayor also thanked the owners of American Eagle Flag, who generously donated the flag 17 years ago.
The flag procession, lead by our three Fire Departments, moved onto the next site in Barnegat Township, before completing the day in Stafford Township.