Plans Announced for September 11 Memorial Service

On Sunday, September 11, Bayonne will hold its annual Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil at Harbor View Park.

The service will mark the 10th anniversary remembrance of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fatal crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. The service will also honor the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Harbor View Memorial Park, Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the dedication of the Twin Towers Steel Monument followed by the Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil.

Father Gregory G. Perez of Trinity Parish in Bayonne is coordinating the Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil.

The program will include a bagpiper, color guards from the Bayonne Police and Fire Departments, the Veterans’ Color Guards from the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade Committee, and the Bayonne High School Marching Band. Several members of the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy will offer prayers, readings and reflections, and there will be music and patriotic songs. The program will also include students from all of the Bayonne schools. Mayor Mark Smith will present remarks. Taps will be played at the end of the program.

Members of the public who wish to attend the Sept. 11th program can take shuttle buses that will pick up passengers at West 23rd Street and Del Monte Drive (the location of the Catholic War Veterans Post No. 1612) beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the program, the shuttle buses will transport passengers back to 23rd Street.

Participants who wish to drive directly to the ceremony can park in designated areas at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. There are also a limited number of parking spaces located next to 9-11 Harbor View Memorial Park.