FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held on the steps of the old Historic Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 11. at 8:30 in the morning.
All are invited to join with Hunterdon County officials and members of the first responder community to honor the memory of those who died on that day in 2001.
Sept. 11 is a day “that Americans should never forget, for the lives lost, as well as the heroic actions of first responders and many ordinary citizens,” said Hunterdon Sheriff Fred Brown. “We in Hunterdon County felt the pain of loss directly and, therefore, it is appropriate that we set aside time to reflect and remember.”
Hunterdon County first responders answered the call to action on 9/11. The county and multiple towns sent emergency services personnel to Liberty State Park during the terrorist attack. Stationed in the County Command Bus, Emergency Personnel were on-site and assisted in the response for several weeks.
“I thank Sheriff Brown for his leadership in organizing the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony,” said Hunterdon Freeholder Director John Lanza. “As Americans, we should come together on this solemn date to pay respect to all the lives lost and to also show our gratitude to all those who responded on that date, many at the cost of their lives.”
The ceremony will include the ringing of the Historic Court House Bell 16 times – once for each Hunterdon County life lost in the attacks.
A steel beam recovered after the World Trade Center attacks is on display in the foyer at Hunterdon Central High School here. Its display includes a mournful poem, penned by Robert McGeary of Franklin Township:
Now, this I-Beam's higher purpose
Is to serve as a witness to ring out
To all who might stand before it:
That the event happened;
That this very steel
Holds the sounds, the heat,
The smoke, the lost people;
And that now perhaps
You may remember them kindly
Through the measure
Of your own life.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001 in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 outside Shanksville, Pa. Those who died include nearly 400 first responders.