It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Each year, New Jersey counties remember those who lost their lives on this devastating day. On Saturday, there will be many events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Camden County Candlelight Vigil
Veteran’s Island at Cooper River Park
Friday, 7:30 pm
A candlelight vigil will take place at Veterans Island at Cooper River Park behind LaScala’s Birra Restaurant in Cherry Hill. It will be hosted by the Camden County Board of Commissioners along with military, veterans and public safety partners. All residents of Camden County are welcome. Family Members should RSVP to Sarah Schultz via email or call 856-216-2119.
Morris County Remembers 9/11
460 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany
Sunday, 6 pm
The Morris County Board of County Commissioners is inviting residents of Morris County and beyond to observe the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special remembrance ceremony at the Morris County 9/11 Memorial. Keynote remarks will be provided by Firefighter Rebecca Asaro, who joined the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) along with three of her brothers in honor of their father, Carl Francis Asaro, one of 343 FDNY members killed on Sept. 11.
Empty Sky Memorial Ceremony
Liberty State Park, Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City
Saturday, 2 pm
This event will commemorate the 20 year anniversary of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. Bring a lawn chair. If inclement weather, Remembrance Ceremony will be held in the Historic Railroad Terminal Building, adjacent to the Empty Sky Memorial. COVID-19 CDC guidelines will be followed so please bring a mask.
Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil
Harborview Memorial Park, Bayonne
Saturday, 7 pm
The Bayonne Interfaith Clergy will have prayers, readings and reflections at the city’s 9/11 memorial. This candlelight vigil will be feature veterans, police and fire department color guards as well as music from a bagpiper, trumpeter and high school a cappella group. The service will also honor victims of the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Hunterdon County 20th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony
Historic Court House steps, Flemington
Saturday, 8:30 am
Dr. Jean Kanokogi, a federal agent who responded to Ground Zero the day of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, will serve as guest speaker for Hunterdon County’s 20th Anniversary September 11th Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will also include the ringing of the courthouse bell 16 times to represent the 16 lives lost from the county on 9/11.
Monmouth County Remembrance Ceremony
Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands
Saturday, 8 am
Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial has three symbolic components: a timeline walkway to recollect the day’s events; a stone base carved with the names, ages and hometowns of the county residents who lost their lives; and an eagle sculpture with a beam from one of the fallen towers. All are welcome to attend and on-site parking will be limited. Please follow signs for remote parking and shuttle bus service. The monument will be open for extended evening hours until 11 p.m. on September 10, 11 & 12.
Light Up the Shore
Saturday, 8:46 pm
The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the 53 municipalities in Monmouth County, will host ”Light Up the Shore” in honor of the lives lost and the fearless display of heroism by rescue teams and citizens who responded to the tragedy on September 11, 2001. Elected officials and residents are invited to arrive along the shoreline and use their cellphones at 8:46 p.m. to light up the skyline to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001.
Patriot Day Ceremony
Cape May City at the Cove, Beach Ave., Cape May
Saturday, 6:15 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Cape May in conjunction with the City of Cape May honors the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93. The PATRIOT DAY commemoration ceremony is a solemn and moving ceremony with speakers from local organizations along with community leaders who remind us of the sacrifice of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical technicians who valiantly struggled that day to save lives. There is a moment of silence as the flag is lowered.
Step to Remember
Seaport Pier, North Wildwood
Saturday, 7 am – 5 pm
The 9/11 Step to Remember Fundraiser challenges participants to climb 110 stories of the World Trade Center just like the 343 Firefighters did 20 years ago. There will be two 5 story scaffolding staircase towers that resemble the twin towers and each participant will sign up for an hour time slot to complete the 110 flights of stairs. This is not a race, it is an opportunity to not only remember the sacrifice of the fallen firefighters, but to complete their heroic journey.
Historic Smithville, Galloway
Saturday, 9 am – 11 am
The Freedom run honors those who died on September 11th 2001 as well as first responders and our military and we are honored to host it in the Smithville Village this year. For the run, you can choose between running our 5K or participate in the 1 mile walk or run. The event kicks off with the presentation of colors, ringing of the memorial bell, rifle salute and the start will be signaled by the firing of an actual Civil War cannon.
Interfaith 9/11 Service of Remembrance
9/11 Memorial Garden, Princeton University, Princeton
Saturday, 10 am
An interfaith service to remember the 14 Princetonians who perished in the September 11 attacks will be held at the 9/11 Memorial Garden, located between Nassau Hall and Chancellor Green. This year’s event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the tragic events. In addition to prayers offered by University religious leaders, President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 will give remarks at the service. All are welcome to attend.
September 11 Annual Memorial Service
Memorial Grove, Veterans Park, Hamilton Township
Saturday, 10 am
Hamilton Township will hold its annual remembrance ceremony at the Memorial Grove inside the Klockner Road entrance of Veterans Park. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Local elected officials, police and fire department officials, and clergy will be present.
Lawrence Township 9/11 Memorial Service
Memorial Park, Lawrence Township
Saturday, 8:30 am
The Township will conduct 9/11 Memorial Services for the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.
Fort Lee’s 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial
Constitution Park, Fort Lee
Saturday, 11 am
Join the Mayor and Council along with Fort Lee’s Emergency Services for the borough’s annual 9/11 memorial.
Honor & Remember: 20 Years After 9/11
Saturday, 12 – 1 pm
The Newark Museum of Art is hosting this live, virtual event to honor and remember the events of 2001 by hearing reflections from local community members. This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A Gathering to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Burnt Mills Cider Mill, Bedminster
Friday, 5 – 9 pm
Heartworks, an act-of-kindness nonprofit in Basking Ridge, is hosting a 20th anniversary commemorative event at Burnt Hills Cider Mill that includes hard cider and live music. This community organization was founded by Megan McDowell, as a way to pay forward the incredible kindness her family received after her brother-in-law passed on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
Middletown’s 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Service
Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens, Middletown Township
Saturday, 6:30 – 8 pm
Middletown will be hosting a memorial service for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Join to honor our Middletown friends and neighbors lost in the World Trade Center attack. Parking will be available at the Middletown Train Station. Police will be directing traffic. The tribute will be held rain or shine.
20th Anniversary of 9/11: Memorial Service
Colts Neck Community Church, Colts Neck
Saturday, 6 pm
Reflect and remember the lives that were taken and the heroic sacrifice of our first responders at this event.
9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony
Municipal Plaza 9/11 Monument, Freehold Township
Saturday, 10 am
The Freehold Township Committee will host a 9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony and all are welcome to attend.
9/11 Memorial Concert
Cream Ridge Golf Course, Cream Ridge
Saturday, 3 pm
A concert featuring the Best of the Eagles with performances by ’80s Undercover & Emily Vadala will take place with a portion of ticket proceeds donated to Voices Center of Resilience, a nonprofit that provides long-term mental health support and care to survivors, first responders and families of the victims of the Sept 11 attacks.