The stark reminder of 9/11 was uncanny and unspoken.
This morning was as crisp and bright a day's beginning as it was on Sept. 11, 2001 when, on a Tuesday, two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center, killing thousands inside.
The irony of that day's bright beauty unleashing an epic, dark tragedy is rarely forgotten.
Today was no exception. The remembrance was a quiet one, spoken in a few words of prayer and moments of silence and ceremony in Fair Haven at the borough's memorial.
On this morning, 11 years later, there were no dark clouds of ash chasing the fearful, no acrid stench of looming terrorism.
The air was clear and there was peace, solemnity and remembrance rather than the forceful flush of pain and fear that coursed through America on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Today a small group of officials, police and residents bowed their heads in a tiny corner of one small town across the bay from New York City. The flag was lowered. They remembered ... to "never forget."
The victims of 9/11 from Rumson: James Martello, Keith Coleman, Keith McHeffey, Michael J McCabe, W. David Bauer, Donald Walter Robertson Jr., Glen Wall, Greg Malone, Michael Tucker, Karl Smith and Stephen Canaialosi.
Fair Haven's 9/11 victims: Ted Luckett, Ed McNally, Todd Pelino and Kaleen Pezzuti.
The photo gallery above provides a glimpse into 9/11 remembrance throughout the Fair Haven and Rumson areas.