SOMERVILLE, NJ- The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer, presided at a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of 9/11 Monday morning at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets.
At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center – the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse tolled five times, marking the beginning of the program.
“We are here to remember and honor the lives of the 39 Somerset County residents who died, along with the thousands of other victims who perished at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight #93 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania,” Palmer said.
“We also remember the valor of first responders, hundreds of whom died while trying to save others, and the families whose lives were forever changed on that tragic day,” he added.
The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and Freeholder Brian D. Levine led the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums performed “Amazing Grace” and a military compilation during the program.
State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) also reminded those gathered to “Take time to reflect and remember.”
The names of the 39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks were read aloud by the freeholders.
Palmer and Freeholder Mark Caliguire placed a wreath in front of the clock tower, followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling concluded the program.
Flags at county facilities are being flown at half-staff Monday in accordance with the congressional mandate passed in December 2001.