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Somerville: Freeholders to Place Wreath at 9/11 Memorial

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Ceremonies will be held at the 9/11 Memorial in Somerville at the corner of East Main and North Bridge streets, Monday, Sept. 11. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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The names of 39 Somerset County residents killed in the terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2001 are cast on this plaque affixed to a steel girder from the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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The Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums band at the 2016 9/11 memorial service in Somerville. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caligure speaks during last year's memorial service as Freeholder Pat Walsh looks on. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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The Somerset County Sheriff's Office color guard at last year's memorial service in Somerville. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Freeholders will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Monday, Sept. 11.

The public is welcome to attend. As people gather for the ceremony, 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 14 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.

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State Sen. Christopher (Kip) Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) also will participate in the ceremony.

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 11th,” said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer.

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

A list of municipal 9/11 ceremonies in Somerset County is posted on the county website at http://bit.ly/2017Ceremonies.

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