SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At Wednesday night's Springfield township Committee meeting, Mayor Chris Capodice read the annual township Sept. 11 proclamation into the record, and gave details about the upcoming memorial ceremony hosted by the town.

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 claimed the lives of almost 3,000 victims. Lee Adler and JoAnn Heltibridle, both Springfield residents, were two of the many people who passed away that fateful September day 19 years ago. In their memory and namesake, a community garden was later established in town.

In that spirit of volunteerism and self-service, Mayor Capodice read a proclamation into the record declaring Sept. 11 as a day of service and remembrance in town, officially known as Patriot Day. The holiday significance was passed at a bipartisan federal level and signed into law in 2009.

The local township proclamation has been utilized by multiple previous township committees as a way to honor and remember those lost. In addition, a ceremony will take place in person this week. The ceremony this year will take place on Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m., and will be held at town hall. Guests will be allowed, but Capodice urged those coming to the ceremony to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing techniques.