RTFD Hosts 9/11 Ceremony on 22nd Anniversary
The Robbinsville Professional Firefighters Association hosted its 22nd annual 9-11 memorial ceremony this morning at the Township's memorial site on Lake Drive and Hutchinson Road in Town Center.
There was the traditional wreath laying ceremony in memory of Robbinsville resident Pamela Gaff - an insurance broker for Aon Corp. on the 102nd floor of the south tower at the World Trade Center - who was killed on that fateful day. Attendees also had the opportunity to place a small American flag (provided) around the memorial to symbolize our coming together as a nation.
Thousands of heroes from the aftermath of September 11, 2001 continue to fall ill, thus raising the death toll well beyond the victims at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to individuals (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who were present at the World Trade Center or the surrounding New York City Exposure Zone; the Pentagon crash site; and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site, at some point between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and who have since been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness. The VCF is not limited to first responders. Compensation is also available to those who worked or volunteered in construction, clean-up, and debris removal; as well as people who lived, worked, or went to school in the exposure zone. Click the above links for more details.
To date, only Zacarias Moussaoui, a French member of al-Qaeda who pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to conspiring to kill citizens of the United States as part of the September 11 attacks, has been convicted of the murders. He is serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Most of the alleged plotters, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammend, Abu Zubaydah and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, are still being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and have yet to be tried in a U.S. court.
The leaders of al-Qaeda in 2001, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, were killed by United States forces in 2011 and 2022, respectively.