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Annual Patriot Day Ceremony Will Be Held on September 11th at Place of Reflection

(Mantua, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mantua Township Mayor and Committee will hold the Gloucester County Patriot Day Ceremony to commemorate the September 11th attacks on the United States. 
This year’s remembrance will take place on Wednesday, September 11th at 8:30 a.m., at the Place of Reflection, 9/11 Memorial located inside the Chestnut Branch Park, Main Street, Mantua.  The event is open to the public.
The Memorial is a tribute to Gloucester County residents John Rodak, Nicholas W. Brandemarti, Perry Thompson, and all of those who lost their lives during the attack on America on September 11th 2001.
“We will always remember the lives of our local victims and all of those who perished in the attacks on September 11th,” said Freeholder Director Damminger.  “This ceremony is a tribute to them, their families and all of the first responders who are our everyday heroes.”
Damminger said, “I urge any resident who is able to come out for an hour and attend this moving ceremony that involves so many of our youth, police, firefighters, EMS and the families of John Rodak and Nick Brandemarti.”
The 9/11 Memorial consists of a twisted I-beam from the World Trade Center along with memorial plaques and a ceremonial bell that is rung only at the 9/11 Ceremony.  A small clearing represents the crash site in Shanksville, Pa., and in 2014 a 200-pound piece of stone from the Pentagon will have its own place near the fragment of the World Trade Center.
The ceremony will include bell ringing to coincide with the timing of the tragic events of that fateful morning, as well as a wreath laying at the 9/11 Memorial.
Mantua Township Committeewoman Sharon Lawrence said, “This is a ceremony that keeps the good memories at the forefront for those of our local families, and all those in the county that lost loved ones.  It also reminds us of those who are serving in our military, and all of our first responders who put themselves in harms way for our protection.”