SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Freeholders will hold a virtual ceremony at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks which killed over 3,000 Americans, including dozens from Somerset County, and residents of other countries.

The ceremony can be viewed on the county’s website at

The Freeholders will gather on the steps of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse to observe a moment of silence and read the names of those killed from Somerset County, and walk to the 9/11 Memorial clock tower nearby to lay a wreath at the corner of East Main Street and North Bridge Street.

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The memorial clock tower includes a steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center debris, and a plaque with the names of the victims who lived in Somerset County.

“It is important that we as a nation commemorate the great sacrifices made on 9/11 and since, even if the COVID pandemic means we do it virtually for one year,” said Freeholder Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “We hope residents will watch our ceremony from the safety of their homes or workplaces.”

Flags at county facilities will be flown at half-staff in accordance with the congressional mandate passed in December 2001.

Those who plan to attend must wear masks, maintain social distancing and adhere to all health protocols.