This Wednesday Hopatcong joins the rest of the nation and, likely, much of the world in remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The municipality will hold its own remembrance Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Fireman's Park Borough Hall.
Among those being honored is Hopatcong resident Daniel R. Nolan, who was a 44-year-old vice president of computer technology services for Johnson & Higgins and March McLennan when he lost his life in the World Trade Center 12 years ago.
Somerset County will get an earlier start for its commemoration: Members of the county's Board of Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer, will place a wreath at the county’s 9/11 memorial at the corner of Main and Bridge streets in Somerville at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in 2011.
The ceremony will begin with a brief tolling of the bell at the top of the nearby historic courthouse. The freeholders will read the names of the 39 Somerset
County residents killed in the attacks prior to a moment of silence and another bell tolling.
“It is important for us, as a community and as a nation, to pay our respects to the families and victims of this tragedy and let the world know we remain united as Americans,” said Freeholder Palmer.
Flags at county facilities will be flown at half-staff in accordance with the congressional mandate passed in December 2001.
A list of municipal 9/11 ceremonies throughout Somerset County is posted on the county website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/spotlight.html.