NEWTON, NJ—In commemoration of the 15 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, SCCC will be holding a remembrance ceremony on campus on Sunday, September 11.

“The 9/11 remembrance ceremony is an annual event organized at SCCC by members of the Sussex County PBA Local #138,” said Newton Police Chief Michael Richards. 

The event will be on Connor Green at the college and will begin at 4 p.m. All residents and college students are invited to attend the annual event.

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The ceremony is a place” where each year we join with hundreds of other communities across America in remembrance and prayer.  We will gather and reflect upon the innocent lives of those that were killed; we will pay solemn tribute to those that heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others, and we’ll remember all those that helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed at Ground Zero,” said Chief Richards.  

The key note speaker at the event will be Fred Martens, a retired Detective/Lieutenant of the New Jersey State Police. Martens also served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission

“After 9/11, Mr. Martens was assigned to Ground Zero on behalf of the Department of Investigations for the City of New York. His role was to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse and prevent organized crime elements and their surrogates from profiting from this catastrophic event,” said Richards.

Martens is going to address what he and the other "monitors"  that were assigned to Ground Zero confronted as well as the long-term effects on both the families of those victimized by 9/11 and the rescue and recovery workers who worked there in its aftermath. 

The Sheriff’s Honor Guard and the Police and Fire Departments in the area will be in attendance, in addition to members of the Police Explorers.  Local vocalists and bagpipers will also bring their talents to the remembrance ceremony.

For more information on the ceremony, please contact Det. Steve VanNieuwland or Ptl. Mahir Kaylani at the Newton Police Dept. (973)383-2525.