The September 11…Bayonne Remembers Committee, has announced plans for the annual Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and United Air Lines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The service will also honor the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at the 9-11 Memorial in Harbor View Park, at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor (the former Military Ocean Terminal), and will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Rev. Joseph Barbone, Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 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 Bayonne, 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 A. Smith will present brief remarks. Taps will be played at the end of the program.
For members of the public who wish to attend the September 11 program, there will be shuttle buses that will pick up passengers at West 23rd Street and Del Monte Drive (the location of Catholic War Veterans Post #1612), beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the program, the shuttle buses will transport passengers back to 23rd Street. There are parking lots with metered spaces in the vicinity of West 23rd Street and Del Monte Drive. There are also on-street metered parking spaces near the Parking Authority lots.
Participants who wish to drive directly to the ceremony can park in designated spaces at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. There are also some parking spaces located next to Harbor View Park.
The September 11…Bayonne Remembers Committee was formed immediately following the terrorist attacks in 2001, and a memorial service has been held each year since. World-renowned artist-sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, a resident of Russia and a native of the Republic of Georgia, designed the memorial, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,” which he donated as a gift from the Russian Federation to the United States of America. The monument was placed in Harbor View Park in Bayonne, where it rises up across the harbor from where the two World Trade Center towers stood. In 2006, the memorial was dedicated. It bears the names of all of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The committee members felt they wanted something special to memorialize the residents of Bayonne who perished in the terrorist attacks. In 2007, the committee dedicated separate monuments for each of Bayonne’s victims, one who died in the World Trade Center in 1993, two who died on United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania in 2001, and ten who died in the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2011, the committee dedicated the Twin Towers Steel Monument.
Everyone is invited to participate in the Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil, which will take place rain or shine. Any questions about this event can be directed to Dolores Kelly at 201-823-4890, or to 201-858-1623.