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, 2014, thirteen years after the attack on our country. 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 Reservation 9/11 memorial in West Orange this year. 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 at 8 a.m. 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.
- Montclair State University will pay tribute to the families and friends whose lives were forever shaped by loss, and to the countless others who helped lead a stunned and grieving nation forward. At 8:46 a.m., the College Hall carillon will play “America the Beautiful,” followed by bugle taps, to mark the moment the first plane flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, At 9:03 a.m., to note the time that the second plane flew into the World Trade Center’s South Tower, the carillon will play “God Bless America.” Again, taps will follow. At 2:30 p.m., the Department of Campus Recreation will lead students on a Remembrance Hike to recall the victims of 9/11. The short, three-mile hike through Eagle Rock Reservation will end at the 9/11 memorial site overlooking New York City. Tickets are available at the Student Recreation Center.
- Bloomfield will be holding its annual 9/11 memorial service at 6 pm on the Town Green. The ceremony will honor and pay tribute to the three Bloomfield residents, along with the other Americans who lost their lives on that tragic day in 2001.
- Nutley will hold a ceremony at 10 am to remember the lives of the three residents that were lost on September 11, 2001.