BERNARDS TWP., NJ - September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, an event that killed more than 20 Bernards Township residents. Mayor Carol Bianchi has issued an invitation to residents to attend a memorial service this Sunday.

The ceremony is scheduled for noon on Sunday, Sept. 11, to be held by a small memorial at Harry Dunham Park off Somerville Road. The mayor said the ceremony will gather the community to pay respects to local victims and their families. "We will recognize the Bernards residents we lost and lay 25 white roses on the Memorial in their memory," she said.

"We hope that you can join us," the mayor's invitation said.

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Somerset County to pause Sunday morning at 8:46 a.m., the time the attacks began

Residents are also invited to attend a ceremony hosted by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday, with the timing set to recall the moment that a plane diverted by terrorists hit the first tower at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The program will be led by Freeholder Director Pat Walsh at the County’s 9/11 Memorial.

The county memorial is located at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets in Somerville.