September 11…Bayonne Remembers Holds its Annual Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil

The September 11…Bayonne Remembers Committee has announced that plans are being finalized 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 Sunday, September 11, 2016, 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.  The memorial is located at the eastern end of the Peninsula, which juts out into Upper New York Bay.

Several members of the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy will offer prayers, readings, and reflections. Rev. Joseph Barbone, former Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, will serve as master of ceremonies. The program will include a bagpiper, a trumpeter, color guards from the Bayonne Police and Fire Departments, the veterans’ color guards from Bayonne, and the Bayonne High School Marching Band. Mayor Jimmy Davis will offer brief remarks. The Bayonne Honor Choir will offer songs.  Taps will be played at the end of the program.

For members of the public who wish to attend the September 11 program, the Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service on Sunday, September 11, picking up passengers at West 23rd Street and DelMonte Drive, in front of the Catholic War Veterans’ Post #1612.  This location is near public parking lots.  Shuttle bus service will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will drop off passengers at a parking area on the Peninsula/former Military Ocean Terminal until 6:45 p.m.  Following the service, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the buses will pick up passengers at the same area for the return trip to West 23rd Street and DelMonte Drive.  Shuttles will continue to run until all passengers have been returned to West 23rd Street and DelMonte Drive, by approximately 9:00 p.m. In order to provide space for the shuttle, there will be no parking permitted in a designated bus area from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Signs will be posted in the designated no parking area.

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 Jean Perrucci at 201-858-1623.

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