It has been twenty years since the terror attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, but for many who lived through that period, it is always only yesterday.
The Toms River Seaport Society remembers those who lost their lives then and in the years that followed - through wars, crippling illness from the dust at the World Trade Center, and grief.
Above, Island Heights photographer and Seaport Society member, Frank Parisi, poses with a print of his image that capture the A-Cat fleet with American flags at half mast.
He says, "This photograph was taken on September 11th a few years ago as the A-cat Fleet was at its regular mooring field near Stump Creek. To me, the photograph is an appropriate and patriotic tribute by the entire fleet to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men and women who lost their lives on that horrible day. God Bless America."
It now hangs above the original A-Cat SPY at our Maritime Museum.
Star Ledger: The Great Boatlift of 9/11
The unsung story of how hundreds of thousands were rescued that tragic day
This week, the Star-Ledger newspaper published an extensive feature on the water rescue of 400,000 people from the tip of lower Manhattan on the day of the attacks. It is a dramatic account that shines a light on the dedication and commitment by our maritime community, and can be read here.