SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Township of Scotch Plains remembered three of its residents who died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 at a brief, but moving, ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial that is part of the Alan Augustine Green next to the Municipal Building.

Mayor Al Smith presided over the commemoration, which featured many first responders from both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Members of the towns' police, fire, and rescue squads provided support to New York City Fire Department in the days and weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The proceedings include a rose ceremony during which the leaders of the Scotch Plain and Fanwood police and fire departments and rescue squad laid flowers on the benches honoring the three Scotch Plains residents who lost their lives 18 years ago:

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  • Matthew Horning, 26, (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Class of 1993), a database administrator for Marsh & McLennan in the World Trade Center.
  • Mark David Rothenberg, 52, owner of a successful importing business, who was a passenger on United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, PA.
  • Jim Walsh, 37, a computer programmer for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center.

As they have done for the past several years, Matthew Horning's parents also attended the ceremony to honor their son. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.