Borough to Hold Annual 9/11 Vigil Tuesday
The annual ceremony will include a reading of the names of 13 Chatham residents who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Doug Allen of the Chatham Borough 9-11 Memorial Committee said the committee will host their annual Remembrance Ceremony in honor of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Compared to the 2011 ceremony, which lasted over an hour and included all three memorials in the borough, Allen said, "This will be a shorter ceremony, perhaps 20 minutes," and will take place at the 9-11 Memorial in Memorial Park.
"We will place roses at all the memorials in the morning," Allen said.
Boy Scout Troop 8 will be present to raise the flag and lead those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance, and borough resident Meghan Flood, 10, will sing "God Bless America" at the ceremony.
Mayor Bruce Harris will give an address, and a local clergyman will give the opening benediction and closing prayer.
As is tradition at the remembrance ceremony, the names of the 13 residents of the Chathams will be read aloud.
Allen will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. "It’s not a very lengthy service, but they will be remembered," Allen said.
This is the first ceremony the committee has planned since Donna Cali-Charles resigned from the committee. Cali-Charles served as the committee chair for several years.
"We're just trying to keep up with what Donna did, and we didn't realize how much she did," Allen said.
He promised, however, "As long as the 9-11 committee is in place, there will always be some kind of service on Sept. 11."
The 9-11 Memorial was designed and built by volunteers from Chatham using donated funds, which the Chatham Memorial Foundation continues to collect through its Post Office Box at:
Chatham Memorial Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 42
Chatham, NJ 07928-0042
The foundation is a registered 501(c)3, and all funds go towards the memorial's upkeep and maintenance.
Chatham Borough's annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the 9-11 Memorial in Memorial Park.