Montclair Township will hold a 9-11 Commemoration at the beginning of the Tuesday, September 11 Council conference meeting. The meeting will convene at 7:00 p.m. 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.
The meeting will reconvene in the Second Floor Conference Room immediately following the observance.
Update: Former councilor Cary Africk was surprised to learn of the decision and said he was not informed of the decision when he was councilor. “”There were many things Marc [Dashield] decided on his own. This, apparently was one of them.”
Montclair will not hold a ceremony at Watchung Plaza this year to mark the 11th anniversary of 9/11. According to communications director Katya Wowk, “it was an adminstrative decision to wind down the 9/11 annual ceremony.” Wowk adds that the township will have a bagpiper at the September 11 council meeting and there will be a moment of silence along with a reading of the names of the victims from Montclair.
Now that the town will no longer be commemorating the anniversary annually, Wowk says she is not sure when the next commemorative ceremony would take place, but possbly on the 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, Essex County will continue its annual remembrance at the Eagle Rock 9/11 memorial this year, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11.
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 p.m.