Freeholders Commemorate 9/11
The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, held a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower in Somerville. As part of the program, the Freeholders read the names of the 39 county residents who died on that tragic day. Looking on as Freeholder Director Levine recites names are Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh (right) and Freeholder Sara Sooy.
SOMERVILLE – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, held a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets. Watch the video.
“I am saddened that we have to gather on this occasion, but I am heartened that we take it upon ourselves to remember and pay tribute to the victims of this noxious act,” said Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine. “We also remember those police, firefighters, first aid workers and emergency service professionals who gave their time, their health and their very lives so others may endure.
“Extreme circumstances were driven home to us by the terrible tragedy. Let us all, collectively and individually, go forward and never forget…to remember,” said Freeholder Director Levine.
At 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center – the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse tolled five times, marking the beginning of the program.
Speakers included Somerset County Surrogate Frank Bruno, who recounted the events of that fateful morning, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Freeholder Director Levine and County Clerk Steve Peter, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and members of the Somerset County Police Pipes & Drums performed “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful.”
Members of the Freeholder Board then read the names of the 39 Somerset County residents killed in the attacks.
Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia L. Walsh and Freeholder Sara Sooy placed a wreath in front of the clock tower, followed by a moment of silence. A second brief bell-tolling concluded the program.
On display, at the base of the memorial clock tower, were commemorative rocks that had been painted in 2016 and donated by Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 60151 in Franklin Township. The Somerville Fire Department participated by parking three fire engines, including one from Central Hook & Ladder No. 1 with the American flag on the display, near the memorial clock tower.