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Posted on: September 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Middletown Pays Tribute to Sept 11 Victims

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The township will hold a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens to pay tribute to the 37 residents killed in the World Trade Center attack 15 years ago.

The candlelight service will include music, prayer, and a bell tribute followed by a walk through the gardens. A limited supply of candles will be available but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.

“The fifteenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack comes with the responsibility to educate a new generation about what happened on our soil,” said Mayor Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. “We will gather at the memorial gardens to ensure the memory of those lost continues to burn bright and affirm our commitment to remain vigilant in the fight against the ideology that caused the tragedy in the first place.”

Ceremony participants will include Congressman Christopher Smith, Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. and the Middletown Township Committee, St Mary Roman Catholic Church Pastor Jeff J. Kegley, Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel Rabbi Shmaya Galperin, and the Naval Weapons Station Earle Honor Guard. Music will be performed by Concordia Youth Chorale, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church and bagpiper Michael Hannigan.

Representatives from Middletown’s Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and Police department and Emergency Management are scheduled to attend along with contingents from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, American Legion Post 338 and American Legion Post 515.

The service will be held rain or shine. Parking will be available at the main commuter lot at the Middletown Train Station, located next to the memorial gardens. Church Street will be closed at Kings Highway so please plan travel routes accordingly.

Residents honored at the Memorial Gardens are as follows:
• Lorraine D. Antigua
• Jane S. Beatty
• Donna Bernaerts-Kearns
• Alfred J. Braca
• Ronald M. Breitweiser
• Patrick J. Buhse
• Stephen J. Cangialosi
• Swede Joseph Chevalier
• Dolores Marie Costa
• Edward Desimone III
• Michael Egan
• David Ferrugio
• Daniel J. Gallagher
• John M. Grazioso
• Felicia Hamilton
• Patrick A. Hoey
• Kathleen A. Hunt Casey
• Brendan Mark Lang
• Roseanne P. Lang
• Anna A. Laverty
• Michael Patrick McDonnell
• Peter T. Milano
• Louis J. Minervino
• Justin John Molisani, Jr.
• James Thomas Murphy
• Christopher Newton-Carter
• Paul R. Nimbley
• Robert Emmett Parks, Jr.
• Nicholas P. Pietrunti
• John M. Pocher
• Beth Ann Quigley
• Gregg Reidy
• Robert Andrew Spencer
• Dick Stadelberger
• Kenneth Tietjen
• Anthony Ventura
• Rodney James Wotton

September 11th is officially recognized as Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance in Middletown Township by the Middletown Township Committee. A proclamation was issued recognizing the day on August 15th.
Visitors are welcome at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens from dawn to dusk. An American flag flown over the World Trade Center on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will fly at the Memorial Gardens during the ceremony. In addition, an American Flag flown over the United States Capitol in memory of these Middletown residents will fly at Town Hall.
The Memorial Gardens rest under a canopy of trees and features a landscaped path with benches and a personalized memorial for each of the 37 residents. The gardens are located next to the Middletown Arts Center at 36 Church Street. The gardens are open to the public daily.
Flag banners are installed annually as a tribute to the September 11th victims. The flag banners hang on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church Street and Middletown-Lincroft Road. The banners are sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals. The flag banner display became part of the township’s annual 9/11 commemoration in 2011. The project was spearheaded by Township Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore, who served as Mayor in 2011 and 2012.
The Memorial Gardens were developed by the Middletown WTC Memorial Committee, a non-profit group consisting of family members and interested residents. The Memorial Gardens were opened to the public on September 11, 2003. Construction of the memorial was made possible largely through donations.
The Memorial Gardens continue to be maintained by the Middletown WTC Memorial Committee in partnership with Middletown Township. Donations for the perpetual maintenance of the gardens are welcome and appreciated. Donations can be sent to: Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens, c/o Mayor’s Office, Middletown Township, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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