9/11 Services and Commemorations


By presidential proclamation, September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Americans are called on to participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 am on September 11, 2012. They may also observe the day with ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services. Flags should be displayed at half-staff in honor of the individuals who lost their lives.

Here are some local 9/11 Services and Commemorations to remember and honor those lost:

  • Essex County will continue its annual remembrance at the Eagle Rock 9/11 memorial this year, at 8 am this morning. A brief program with family members who lost a loved one in the tragedies, elected officials and clergy members from diverse religious faiths will be held; memorial wreaths will be laid at the monument and a new American flag will be raised. A string quartet will perform reverent selections of music at the memorial site after the ceremony until 2 pm.
  • Verona will hold its annual service at 8:45 am this morning at the  9/11 Memorial in The Civic Center.
  • St. James’ Episcopal Church on Valley Road in Upper Montclair will offer prayer sheets for September 11th to their neighbors at the NYC-bound DeCamp bus stop on Bellevue Avenue and the NYC-bound platform of the Upper Montclair train station from 6:45 to 8:15 am this morning. members of . The church will be open for prayer from 6:30 am to 8 pm today as well.
  • Montclair Township will hold a 9-11 Commemoration at the beginning of the Tuesday, September 11 Council conference meeting. The meeting will convene at 7 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room and move to the First Floor Council Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue for the Commemoration. During the observance the names of Montclair’s 9-11 vicitims will be read and attendees will pause for a moment of silence. In addition, TV34 will air “9-11 Montclair Remembers” at 8:00 a.m. and immediately after the 7:00 p.m. ceremony — this is the concert and remembrance service held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11, organized by Montclair artists and produced by Outpost in the Burbs.

Montclair’s 9-11 remembrance program is as follows:

Procession into Council Chambers:
America the Beautiful – performed on bagpipes by Jack McGarry

Mayor Robert Jackson
Deputy Mayor Robert Russo

Councilor-At-Large Rich McMahon
First Ward Councilor William Hurlock
Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager
Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller
Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renée Baskerville
Township Manager Marc Dashield
Township Attorney Ira Karasick
Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat
Representatives from Township Police and Fire Departments

Opening Comments: Deputy Mayor Robert Russo
Recognition of 9-11 Families
Council Members’ Comments
Moment of Silence
Amazing Grace– performed on bagpipes by Jack McGarry

Proclamation of Remembrance: Mayor Robert Jackson

Procession from Council Chambers:
God Bless America – performed on bagpipes by Jack McGarry

 (Photo: Eagle Rock Reservation Name Wall Wikipedia)


  1. It was of course a very, very sad day. What I saw of the tributes on the tube, however, they were all pretty touching and tasteful.

    And it was nice not to see the usual line of posters jostling each other to make heavily politicized points which will sway others not one iota. It’s always good to be reminded of the inadequacy in so many ways of politics.

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