SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic community paused in prayer on Friday morning to honor the memory of the victims of 9/11.

Mr. John Becht, UC's Campus Minister, and UC peer ministers Nadia Blouin, Henrique Alves, Kaitlyn Dohn, and Sabrina Mayor all delivered prayers, and a moment of silence then followed.

Blouin felt honored to be part of the memorial prayer service. 

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“I was honored to be chosen to read at such an important prayer service,’’ said Blouin. “I think it's extremely important for the UC community to remember the victims of 9/11 because it is still fresh in the minds of many teachers and alumni of UC. Honoring the innocent victims of such a tragic event brings us closer together as a community and allows us to reflect on the past, so that future generations don't have to experience the same loss.’’

Mr. Becht said today is an important day of remembrance for all Americans.

“Today's prayer service provides a small way for our school community to never forget the tragic events of 9/11,’’ said Mr. Becht. “A day which has forever changed not only our nation, but our world. Through prayer, we can hopefully memorialize those who lost their lives, provide some sort of comfort to their families, and to remind all that through prayer we can overcome violence and hate.’’

A 9/11 memorial, designed and constructed by 2004 UC graduate Ted McKeown IV to earn his Eagle Scout Badge, is located at the end of a short brick path located outside the main entrance to Union Catholic. On a thick gray piece of granite it reads: "In loving memory of those lost on the tragic day of 9-11-01. God Bless America.'' Above that inscription is a cross, which was cut from steel beams from the World Trade Center.

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