The unspeakable tragedy that unfolded on September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, and as we mark the 22nd anniversary, there are many ways your family can help honor the lives lost. Towns across NJ are planning ceremonies and events, offering an opportunity for reflection, remembrance, and hope. Scroll on for more details about ways to commemorate 9/11 in New Jersey or take time to remember and reflect at the Empty Sky Memorial in Jersey City. (featured photo credit: Istock/Charles Sagad)
North Jersey 9/11 Events
Morris County Remembers 9/11
Nick De Gregorio, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will present the keynote address at this remembrance ceremony on Sunday, September 10. Nick was only 16 when the attacks occurred, prompting him to enlist after high school. He deployed four times into combat during his nine years of service. Police, fire squads, and rescue squads from across the country are invited, too. Bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.
September 10 at 6 PM
Morris County 9/11 Memorial, 460 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil
Members of the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy will offer prayers, readings, and reflections on Monday, September 11, at the city’s 9/11 memorial (known as the “Teardrop Memorial” because of the unique 40-foot stainless steel teardrop housed in a torn tower). Amid the backdrop of New York City, this candlelight vigil will be highlighted by veterans, police, and fire department color guards, and contemplative music from a bagpiper, trumpeter, and high school a cappella group.
September 11 at 7 PM
Harbor View 9/11 Memorial Park, 51 Port Terminal Boulevard, Bayonne, NJ 07002
9/11 Heroes 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Twenty-two years later, America has not forgotten the fallen soldiers, officers, mothers, fathers, and children who lost their lives that day. Sign up for the 5K or bring the whole family to do the mile walk to honor those fallen, embrace those who survived, and pour into those affected.
September 16 at 9 AM
Raritan Campus, 1000 Route 202 S, Raritan, NJ 08869
Central Jersey 9/11 Events
Monmouth County Mount Mitchill
Families are welcome to visit the 9/11 memorial at Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands to honor the 147 people from the county who died on 9/11. The memorial features 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.
Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, 460 Ocean Boulevard, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
11th Annual RTFC 9/11 Firefighter Stair Climb
Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 with the 11th annual stair climb. The challenge is to climb the equivalent number of stairs FDNY firefighters climbed in the World Trade Center before the collapse. This is not a race, and the climb takes approximately 1.5 hours. All proceeds will be donated to the FEALGood Foundation to support those battling systemic illnesses from working ‘the Pile.
September 10 at 8 AM
Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822
South Jersey 9/11 Events
Patriot Day Ceremony
Travel to the beautiful beach town of Cape May and take part in the moving Patriot Day Ceremony on September 11. This commemorative event includes speakers from local organizations and community leaders, lowering the flag to honor those who lost their lives, and a moment of silence.
September 11 at 6 PM
The Cove on Beach Avenue, West End, Cape May City, NJ 08204
September 11th Remembrance Ceremony
The September 11 Remembrance Ceremony will be a combination of community members, pastors, local churches, members of the Wildwood Fire and Police Departments, and students from Wildwood schools will be in the ceremony. The public is invited to join.
Byrne Plaza at Oak and Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260
The community of Harrison Township will meet at the Mullica Hill Baptist Church to remember all those who lost their lives for this annual Day of Remembrance.
September 11 at 6 PM
18 S. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
9/11 Heros Run
This run unites the community so that we never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of 9/11 and the wars since. Join in the 5K run or the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk—it’s open to all ages and fitness levels.
September 10 at 9:11 AM
Jack Curtis Stadium at Cooper River Park, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109
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