EDITORIAL — Nutley must cancel fireworks planned for Sept. 10, 2021

For those of us old enough to be able to say we remember Sept. 11, 2001, like it was yesterday, the memories and the horrors of that day are still quite vivid. For survivors, like Lyndhurst’s Brian Branco, who was in the South Tower when the North Tower was hit, and who lost friends, the memories are even stronger. And sadly, they’ve remained with him, as they have for most, for 20 long years. Those memories will, as they say, never dissipate.

And so now, all these years later, the sheer notion that the Township of Nutley decided it was wise to host fireworks on Sept. 10, 2021 — one day before the 20th anniversary of terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives — is simply absurd and, frankly, unfathomable.

No one, anywhere in this country, should be involved a celebratory or festive atmosphere that day, which for some may also bring back sacred memories of the last time their loved ones spent a full day on this earth.

Branco told us the build-up to the anniversary for him, each year, often lasts a few days. We suspect he’s nowhere near alone in that regard. 

And that a local town would use such a date for extremely loud, explosive fireworks to celebrate the nation’s independence is unacceptable.

But it’s not too late.

As Branco and retired Nutley PD Lt. Steven L. Rogers (also a former Nutley commissioner) suggested, the township still has time to rectify this abhorrent blunder. They may still cancel the planned festivities scheduled for Sept. 10. There’s no reason to reschedule them either. There will be a July 4, 2022. To do anything else in this matter is an insult to the memory of all who died and to all those who survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 

There is still time to make the one and only decision here that makes any sense at all. The only question that remains: Will Mayor Mauro Tucci and the board of commissioners have the courage to actually do it? Nothing else will suffice.

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