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Freeholders to Place Wreath at 9/11 Memorial

SOMERVILLE – Members of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets on Friday, Sept. 11.  The public is welcome to attend.

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. Congressman Christopher (Kip) Bateman and Somerset County Surrogate Frank Bruno 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. The Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums will then perform “Amazing Grace” and 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 Caliguire.

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 www.co.somerset.nj.us/spotlight.html.