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Sen. Doherty will be guest speaker at Hunterdon 9/11 remembrance


Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred W. Brown will be joined by guest speaker Sen. Mike Doherty, law enforcement officials, and first responders from around the county, at the annual Hunterdon County September 11th Remembrance Ceremony, on the Historic Courthouse steps in Flemington, N.J., at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

“Sen. Doherty is a life long New Jersey resident who has served Hunterdon County as Senator from New Jersey District 23 since 2009,” Brown said. “The senator is a West Point graduate, U.S. army veteran and presently serves as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. As someone who has served our nation, Sen. Doherty brings an important perspective to our county’s 9/11 commemoration.”

Said Doherty, “Nineteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, our world was forever changed, when we lost nearly 3,000 souls during the horror we all witnessed as the Twin Towers came down, the Pentagon was attacked and a field in Pennsylvania felt the impact of a plane, meant for our nation’s capital that had its route altered through an example of true American heroism.

“We come together each year on Sept. 11, to honor and remember all of the innocent lives lost, the first responders who ran into danger to save their fellow man, with a promise to never forget this tragic day.”

Brown added, “America must always remember and never forget the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which took so many lives, including 16 Hunterdon County residents. The remembrance event is too important an event for our county and our nation, one that should not be postponed or canceled by the pandemic.

“As we remember those who were lost, not the least the nearly 400 first responders who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001, we should reflect upon how first responders are once again putting themselves at risk to save others right now during the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

Participants and attendees will be asked to observe social distancing and wear a face covering during the ceremony to remain compliant with CDC guidelines for outdoor community events.

“In 2017, I pledged to make the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony an annual event and we are taking steps to ensure that this year we follow through on that pledge, with everyone’s safety in mind,” Brown concluded.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and is advised to wear face coverings.