Most of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing 19 years ago today, and we should never forget the tragic events of 9/11/2001.
I encourage you to attend this evening’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 6 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Our Community Services Department has put together a safe outdoor event with chairs set up to maintain social distancing and face coverings required.
The importance of 9/11 lies not only in mourning the loss of those who were killed but in remembering how we pulled together as a nation in the aftermath of the tragedy.
That spirit of unity often seems lost in today’s world. Americans will always have different politics and different ideas, but we all share a love of our country. We can accomplish so much more by working together.
This will be my message for this evening: Be nice, be kind, never forget those lost on 9/11, and never forget the good that followed.
Just a couple quick reminders:
· The Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard nine beaches this weekend. With several tropical systems possibly churning up the surf, it’s important to swim only at these guarded beaches. Visit www.ocnj.us/ocbp for more information.
· Our off-season schedule of once-a-week trash and recycling pickup begins on Monday, Sept. 14. More information on the routes is available here.
I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy our newly replenished beaches and all that Ocean City has to offer in the great month of September.
Jay A. Gillian