Ceremonies Mark 10th Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks

STATE – Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as well as the heroic actions of the citizens aboard United Airlines Flight 93.

The governor will help dedicate the Empty Sky Memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday. The structure will display the names of the 746 New Jerseyans who were killed in the terrorist attacks ten years ago.


The 9/11 Memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center will be dedicated Sunday and is scheduled to be open to the public on Monday. For more information, visit www.911memorial.org

Locally, many New Jersey municipalities will hold their own remembrance services.

Carteret will remember borough residents Jayceryll DeChavez, Joseph Mangano and Colleen Meehan Barkow who perished in the 9/11 attacks, as well as all of the other victims, with a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Carteret Park on Carteret Avenue on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Rhema Word Ministries, in partnership with survivor and survivor advocate Nicole B. Simpson, will hold a non-denominational interfaith service at the American Legion, 1155 Roosevelt Avenue, Carteret, beginning with prayer at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Clark will honor the township’s own fallen hero at the James Nelson Memorial located at the corner of Grand and Broadway at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Cranford’s remembrance service will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday at WTC Park, Springfield and N. Union avenues.

East Brunswick will hold a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Municipal Complex, Ryders Lane. There will be an “All Faith Prayer” with religious leaders from different faiths at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center.

Edison will hold a remembrance ceremony at Papaianni Park, Central and Linden avenues on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 1-732-248-7312.

Victor Guarnera, a former chief technical advisor for security systems to the World Trade Center and a 9/11 survivor, will speak at the Edison Main Library, 340 Plainfield Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Monday. Registration required; call 1-732-287-2298 x1

Elizabeth will hold a ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at the Midtown Train Station on East Grand Street at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. Afterwards, dignitaries and attendees will drive to the Elizabeth Fire Headquarters at 411 Irvington Avenue for the unveiling and blessing of a 9/11 monument. For more information, call 1-908-820-4124.

Garwood’s memorial service is at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the municipal building, 403 South Avenue.

Hillside will hold a memorial observance with candle lighting and moments of silence at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at spots in Veterans Memorial Park, Hillsdale Avenue and Broadway, and other locations in the center of town.

Kenilworth will dedicate a 9/11 memorial in a ceremony at borough hall, 567 Boulevard, at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Linden will dedicate the installation of a beam from the World Trade Center during a ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. at City Hall, 301 N. Wood Avenue. For more information, call 1-908-474-8493.

Metuchen will hold a 9/11 memorial ceremony at Freedom Plaza on the corner of Main Street and Woodbridge Avenue, on Sunday at 7 p.m. Small tributes of an individual flower or American flag are welcome.

The Middlesex Fire Department will hold a brief ceremony at Victor Crowell Park on Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by services at Middlesex High School, 300 John F. Kennedy Drive.

Milltown will hold a 9/11 Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. on Sunday at American Legion No. 25, 4 JFK Boulevard. Attendees are asked to bring candles.

Monroe will display 2,977 flags in remembrance of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 during a candlelight memorial service at Monroe Township Memorial Tree Park at Prospect Plains and Half Acre roads at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Mountainside’s ceremony will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Echo Lake Park, Springfield Avenue and Mill Lane. There will also be a blood drive from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

New Brunswick will honor the Middlesex County residents and Rutgers alumni who perished in the 2001 attacks with ceremonies at New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset Street, from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The New Jersey Film Festival will screen “From the Ground Up: 10 Years after 9/11” and “New York Says Thank You” at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Rutgers University, Voorhees Hall, 71 Hamilton Street. $8-$10.

New Providence will dedicate a memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park, Springfield Avenue and Academy Street.

North Brunswick will hold a memorial ceremony at the monument across from the municipal complex, 710 Hermann Road, at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Old Bridge will hold a remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 monument next to the public library, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, at 10 a.m. Monday.

Perth Amboy will hold memorial ceremony to honor the city’s first responders and two community members, Isaias Rivera and Richard Rodriguez, who lost their lives in the attacks, at 1 p.m. at City Hall Circle. A monument will also be unveiled. Prior to the ceremony, a mass/worship service will be held at City Hall Circle at noon. Cathedral International, 277 Madison Avenue, Perth Amboy, will hold a separate sacred memorial service at 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 1-732-826-5293.

Piscataway will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. tonight at the Fireman’s Memorial, corner of Hoes Lane and Knightsbridge Road. There will also be a remembrance program at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Piscataway Elks Lodge, 450 River Road.

Plainsboro’s memorial service, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, will include a candlelight procession from the Plainsboro Rescue Squad to the municipal building on Plainsboro Road.

Rahway will hold a bell-ringing and commemoration ceremony at 8:42 a.m. on Sunday at Rahway Fire Headquarters, 1300 Main Street. At 1 p.m., there will by a citywide moment of silence. At 4 p.m., the Agape Family Worship Center, 501 E. Hazelwood Avenue, will host a remembrance ceremony. Mayor Rick Proctor asks city residents to display an American flag in front of their homes and businesses on Sept. 11.

Alliance Rep Theatre Company will present “E-mail: 9/12”, a play detailing the events of 9/11 through emails sent among a New Jersey woman and her friends and family, at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 at ucpac.org.

Roselle Park will hold a memorial service at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Casano Community Center, 314 Chestnut Street.

Sayreville will hold a candlelight ceremony at the borough’s 9/11 Memorial at Burke’s Park on Washington Road at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-732-727-1724.

Scotch Plains will dedicate a memorial at the Village Green at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

South Brunswick’s memorial ceremony will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the municipal building, 540 Ridge Road.

South Plainfield will hold a memorial ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at Monument Park on Plainfield Avenue.

South River’s remembrance ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Dailey’s Pond, 49 Ferris Street.

Springfield’s memorial ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, Shunpike and Mountain avenues.

Summit’s Christ Church, 561 Springfield Avenue, will hold a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. The Summit Chorale and Calvary Church Choir will hold a remembrance program including a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor” at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Church. The Summit Fire Department, FMBA 54 and Overlook Hospital will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday at fire headquarters, 396 Broad Street.

Union will hold a brief service at fire headquarters at 6 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a candlelight ceremony at the municipal building, 1976 Morris Avenue.

Woodbridge will hold an interfaith service at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Port Reading at 4 p.m. on Sunday to remember the nine township residents who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. The Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge, will host a month-long exhibition “In Memoriam: Creative Responses to September 11, 2001” with a reception on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

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