SOMERVILLE, NJ – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The public is welcome to attend.
As people gather for the ceremony, members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums band will perform. At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center 18 years ago – the ceremony will begin with a brief tolling of the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will present the colors.
The Freeholders will then read the names of the 39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks. The placement of the wreath will be followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling will conclude the ceremony.
“We invite residents to join us as we gather to honor and pay our respects to the Somerset County residents who perished, to the other victims who died in the attacks and to the many lives forever changed on September 11,” Levine said.
Flags at county facilities will be flown at half-staff in accordance with the congressional mandate passed in December 2001.
Other 9/11 ceremonies being held in Somerset County include:
BERNARDSVILLE There will be a remembrance, dedicated to the memory of Allison Horstmann Jones and Thomas Reinig, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the 9/11 Memorial at Bernardsville Public Library, located at 1 Anderson Hill Road. For further information, contact Madelyn English at the library at 908-766-0118 or email email@example.com
BRIDGEWATER In memory of those who lost their lives in the attack of the World Trade Center and other sites, Bridgewater Township’s Mayor Daniel Hayes invites residents to attend a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held in front of the township’s 9-11 Monument at the Municipal Complex located at 100 Commons Way.
FRANKLIN In honor of those who were tragically killed on 9/11, as well as those who were injured during the attacks and the many who rose in service in response, Franklin Township will hold a special tribute on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex, located at 475 DeMott Lane. All are welcome to attend as we come together as a community for a day of prayer, reflection and remembrance.
GREEN BROOK The Township invites residents to its memorial ceremony, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Top of the World Park 9/11 Memorial. For further information, contact Township Administrator/Clerk Kelly Cupit at 732-968-1023 x6601.
HILLSBOROUGH Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #2 invites residents to its annual 9/11 ceremony from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The address is 375 US 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
Hillsborough Township Volunteer Fire Company #3 - Woods Road Fire Company, located at 324 Woods Road, invites all community members to its 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Students, emergency services and police will be joined by civic leaders as they honor those who lost their lives on that tragic day. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Tim Coyle at (908) 359-3333.
MONTGOMERY On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Montgomery Veterans Memorial will be open from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to foster quiet reflection of the tragic events and the bravery that was displayed by those who responded to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The public is welcome; volunteers will be available to answer questions. The remembrance is sponsored by the Montgomery Township Veterans Memorial Committee. The memorial is located adjacent to the upper parking lot of Montgomery Veterans Park, Harlingen Road, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.
PEAPACK-GLADSTONE A ceremony will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Liberty Park. There will be readings from proclamations from the President and the Governor, wreaths from the fire departments, rescue squad and council. Churches will ring their church bells for two minutes during the service. There will also be two performances by the Bernards’ High School’s Madrigals, “National Anthem” and “Amazing Grace.”
NORTH PLAINFIELD On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11, North Plainfield will hold its annual 9/11 Silent Procession, which will start at 8:30 a.m. The procession will head east on Greenbrook Road before turning right onto Somerset Street. Firefighters and police officers will form up on Lincoln Place. A memorial ceremony is planned at 8:45 a.m. The public is welcome.
WARREN Warren Township’s ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial in the Municipal Complex, located at 46 Mountain Blvd. For more information, call the Township Clerk’s Office at (908) 753-8000, ext. 223.
WATCHUNG The Borough of Watchung will hold its annual Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the 9/11 memorial on the Village Green. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Valley View School on Valley View Road. For more information, call (908) 756-0080, ext. 210.