September 17, 2012 – There’s a special place at the tip of Cape May, N.J. where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. Appropriately named Sunset Beach, it sits at the southern most point of New Jersey.
People gather at the beach nightly, resembling the beach scene from the movie “City of Angels” to view the sunset. It’s the only place at the Jersey Shore where you can see both a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and a sunset over the Delaware Bay at the same spot.
Since 1973, the owner of the property, WWII Veteran Marvin Hume, holds a flag ceremony to honor a veteran and his or her family each day at sunset. We happened to visit last Tuesday, on September 11, when a special ceremony honored the 11th anniversary of the day that changed us forever.
As a trumpet played the melancholy sounds of “Taps”, the flag was lowered and presented to a young man who lost his father, a member of the New York Fire Department, 11 years before.
A visit to Sunset beach is a yearly tradition for my family. We’ve taken in many incredible sunsets, but none were as breathtaking as the one we experienced on September 11, 2012.