Gilling joined Mayor Wayne M. Messam, current City Commissioners as well as Miramar Chief of Police, Dexter Williams and Chief of Fire Rescue, Robert Palmer, in a solemn memorial ceremony at the Civic Center in Miramar that remembered the thousands of lives lost at the World Trade Center in New York City as well as at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
As a board member of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Candidate Leo Gilling attended the ceremony today and remarked “I recalled I was getting my 11 year old son, ready for school during that fateful day. He called my attention to the news break and we both thought we were looking at a TV movie as the second plane hit the second tower. We were glued to the television for the next 4 hours in disbelief. My son did not make it to school. “These annual events are an important homage to the lives lost and to the brave first responders who lost their lives to save many. Hate can never over power the love and faith of the spirit of the American people ”
“Hate can never over power the love and faith of the spirit of the American people,” Candidate Gilling said.
Meanwhile, Miramar Mayor Messam, for his part, announced he was going to propose the erection of one of the original high beams from the World Trade Center, which is currently owned by the City of Miramar, at a site to be decided.