Sunday, September 11th, 7:15 PM at Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens
WHO: The Middletown Township Committee, U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle Color Guard, first responders (Police/Fire/OEM/EMS), and local veterans’ organizations will be participating in the silent memorial and wreath tribute. Community members and residents are encouraged to attend.
WHAT: Middletown Township will be holding a silent memorial service to observe the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terror attacks. Prior to the ceremony, the Middletown Township Fire Department will raise a large American flag as a bagpiper plays patriotic music. The service will begin with U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle Color Guard presenting the colors, followed by a wreath-laying. Middletown Township Fire Chief Bernie Chenoweth will then toll a bell 37 times in memory of the 37 residents lost. The final tolling of the bell will begin a silent candlelit procession through the World Trade Center Memorial Gardens.
The Middletown Survivor Tree, a descendant of the 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree that endured the World Trade Center terror attacks, will be on public display for the first time at the ceremony. It was donated by NYC Parks in May 2022. It is the first clone produced from a cutting of the original tree that was given to a municipality outside of New York City.
WHERE: The service will be held at the WTC Memorial Gardens, located next to the Middletown Arts Center (36 Church Street). Please park in the train station lot directly across the street. Police will be directing traffic.
WHEN: The ceremony will begin at 7:15 PM on Sunday, September 11th. It will be held rain or shine.