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We remembered and we prayed

Vinny Sanzo

October 5, 2011
Westfield Republican
Letter to the Editor:

On behalf of the Westfield Ministerial Association, I want to express deep appreciation for so many involved in the 9/11 Remembrance Service held last week at the Westfield School auditorium.

First, for the community’s support through helping to get the word out and obviously for attending. Close to 300 were able to help us remember not only the events on the 10th anniversary of that day, but the lives lost and their surviving families and friends. We remembered, and we prayed.

We’re also grateful for the great turnout by our own early responders and protectors who were invited so we could recognize their selfless service to us all. Dozens of our local law enforcement officers and members of the Westfield and neighboring fire departments were joined by many from the military, past and present. As a thankful community, we were able not only to acknowledge and thank them but gave their families a resounding show of appreciation as well. We remembered, and we prayed.

Our keynote speaker, Rev. Jason McGuire, president of the New Yorkers Family Research Foundation, was effective in referring us to the fact that, even after things have come crashing down in our lives, hope and healing is possible through Jesus and the cross.

But none of our remembering, recognizing, or referring would have been possible without the help of many. My appreciation goes to our planning team. It was an honor working with people who have such a heart to serve. That also goes to the many hands who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.

This service was truly a community effort. Many thanks to these who contributed: Westfield First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, and Lakeshore Assembly of God; Changing Seasons Flower Shop, Digital Extravaganza Kool Toonz Entertainment, Scott and Debbie Mason, Westfield School including Superintendent Peggy Sauer, and the administration, staff, and students, and anonymous donors. Without their help, this service would not have been such a successful and memorable one.

September 11, 2001 is a date that will be embedded in our memories for the rest of our lives and holding this service on the tenth anniversary was one way to show that we will never forget. We’ll remember, and we’ll pray. God bless America.

Vinny Sanzo

Pastor, Lakeshore Assembly of God


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