BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The sixteenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center were marked quietly in Bernards Township this year. There were no official township government ceremonies, but as always, the terror attacks in which more than 20 local residents lost their lives was on the minds of local residents, including officials.
Bernards Mayor Carolyn Gaziano said she attended a memorial at the Heartworks organization - founded in the aftermath of 9/11 in Basking Ridge. She said Township Committeewoman Carol Bianchi was present at Somerset County's annual memorial event held in Somerville.
The ceremony at the Heartworks building at 19 Route 202 began at 8:30 a.m. The flag raising and memorial service was followed by breakfast for the area's "beloved" veterans and time for visitors to reflect in the building's meditation room.
At the 9/11 Memorial in Dunham Park, a small vase of flowers and a pot of chrysanthemums had been placed as tribute to the members of the community who lost their lives on that day.