BARNEGAT, WARETOWN, NJ – With the influx of transplants from North Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, memories of the World Trade Center attacks seemingly hit even closer to home. Even those who didn’t know someone involved in the atrocities can easily recall where they were on that fatal day.

September 11, 2001 leaves a hole in the hearts of many. Babies born that same year are now old enough to vote. As time passes, the admonishment to “Never Forget” acts as a reminder of America’s most devastating tragedy.

Locally, the Township of Ocean’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has extended an invitation. Their 9-11 Remembrance and Sharing Event offers people the opportunity to share their memories, personal experiences and a moment of reflection. The gathering is set for 7 pm at the Waretown Volunteer Firehouse, located at 117 Wells Mill Road.

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At the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, everyone is invited to listen to a presentation by retired FDNY Lieutenant Joe Torrillo. He miraculously survived burial under the debris of two World Trade Center buildings. Torrillo will share his inspiring story and his lessons on how to manage fear under the most horrible situations.

Those interested should register for the presentation, scheduled on September 12th at 6:30 pm.

While 9/11 represented America’s tragedy, many view the following day as the country’s most unified one. A week before the first anniversary of 9/11, President George W. Bush named 9/11/2002 as the first Patriot Day.