SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, held a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets.
At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center – the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse tolled five times, marking the beginning of the program.
“We are here to remember and honor the lives of the 39 Somerset County residents who died, along with the thousands of other victims who perished at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania,” Scaglione said. “We also remember the valor of first responders, hundreds of whom died while trying to save others, and the families whose lives were forever changed on that tragic day.”
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and Freeholder Mark Caliguire led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums performed “Amazing Grace” and a military compilation during the program. Speakers included Scaglione and state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer..
Members of the Freeholder Board then read the names of the 39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks.
“As we call out each name, remember that this is not just a name on a piece of paper. It is a person who had family, who had friends, who was a parent, who was a spouse and a child. Each person had many people that they loved and many people that loved them. We are thinking of not just one name or one individual, but all of the people who were affected," Scaglione.said.
Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine and Caliguire placed a wreath in front of the clock tower, followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling concluded the program.