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9-11: The Third Anniversary
The bumper stickers say "Never Forget 9-11!" As if. In fact, wouldn’t
it be lovely. But it’s not going to happen. Certainly not for those
directly affected, but also for anyone who loves New York, who still
looks downtown when crossing a street in the Village, trying to
understand how the twin buildings that anchored the southern sky could
be so totally gone. Remembering – yes, how not to? – how they fell.
Still, three years later, even this close to the city, normal events
are the order of the day for the first time after that Tuesday that
the 11th of September falls on a Saturday. There are soccer games,
football games, plays, and festivals. But there are also ceremonies of
remenbrance. Memorials will be visited, moments of silence will be
observed, prayers will be offered, and voices will be lifted – all in
an effort to make sense of the tragedy. There are any number of
options for observing the day. Here are the details:
Church of Saint Ann, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-882-6491. Taize
prayers service of peace and healing to remember the third anniversary
of 9/11. Short, simple chants are combined with scripture readings and
silent and spoken prayers. 7:30 p.m.
September 11 Ceremony, Mercer County College, Remembrance Park,
Student Center, 609-586-4800, ext. 3608. At the ceremony the speakers
will be Anna-Kay Thomas, student government president, Brian Hughes,
Mercer County Executive; and Rev. William Coleman, board of trustees.
Colleen Courtney, faculty member, will sing the national anthem and
Donald Jones, a staff member, will sing "God Bless America." 9 a.m.
The event takes place at the college’s Remembrance Park adjacent to
the Student Center, which was dedicated in 2002 to the area’s victims
Memorial, West Windsor Township, Municipal Building, 609-799-2400.
Candlelight walk and reflection at the September 11 memorial. Meet at
Maurice Hawk School for the walk to the memorial in the Ron Rodgers
Arboretum. Those who do not want to walk may meet at the memorial
site. All participants should bring their own candle. 7:30 p.m.
"We come together for this memorial because we continue to remember
that terrible day and the lives lost," says West Windsor Mayor
Shing-fu Hsueh. "Not only do we remember those lost within the West
Windsor community but also friends and family known to many of us
individually. Together we mourn their loss and honor their memory."
Concert, Church of St. David the King, 1 New Village Road, West
Windsor, 609-275-7111. Contemporary Christian, folk, gospel, country,
and patriotic music features the Contemporary Ensemble of St. David.
The eight-piece band features Michael Dennehy as lead vocalist and
Carol Sullivan on piano. Donations benefit abused and neglected
children through Angel’s Wings. 7:30 p.m.
Although the concert is not truly a remembrance of 9/11, the band
performs "Where Were You" by Alan Jackson, a song that references the
Operation Restore Hope, Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, Pilgrim and
Ocean Pathways, Ocean Grove, 732-988-0645. Orchestra of St. Peter by
the Sea, conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson presents "Operation
Restore Hope," the finale of the 135th season. Among the selections is
Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and a stirring patriotic medley by the
50-piece orchestra. $17 and $22. 8 p.m.
"Operation Restore Hope will be a celebration and remembrance," said
Father Alphonse, noting the third anniversary of 9/11. "In musical
terms, we will express the apex of what humanity achieve, and the
healing power of hope. The message is that hope conquers hatred."
Observing September 11, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road,
Hamilton, 609-586-0616. In honor and memory of those lost on September
11, 2001, the sculpture park will be open free of charge for a day of
contemplation and remembrance. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Swami Ramamnanda, Integral Yoga of Princeton, 122 Carter Road,
609-683-9199. "Transforming Anger and Cultivating Forgiveness," with
the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Register. $25.
Remembering 9/11, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lily Street,
Lambertville, 609-397-0275. A day of activities and conversation to
commemorate September 11. River Poets presents an open poetry reading.
Art therapist Jennifer Lauricella presents a workshop. 10 a.m.
Annual Picnic, Pride Center of New Jersey, Rutgers Gardens Log Cabin,
Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, 732-350-9509. Third annual picnic with
food, beer, wine, and ice cream. Scavenger hunt. 9/11 remembrance.
Register. Rain or shine. $18 adults; $12 children. Noon to 6 p.m.
A Communal Clearing, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland
Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Fire cleansing ceremony and
rainbow light meditation. Bring your favorite food or drink to share
in the after glow. Free. 7 p.m.
Princeton Writers Block, Paul Robeson Place, 609-426-9539. Program for
9/11 is "Songs for America’s Children" presented by Danny and Kim
Adlerman. Reading, booksigning, and music. 3 p.m.
Commemoration and Protest, Progressive Patriots, Monument Park in
front of Princeton Borough Hall. Narration of the events of 9/11/2001
and a moment of silence corresponding to the times that each of the
four planes hit. Readings from the 9/11 Commission Report followed by
criticism of the Bush administration’s response to the 9/11 attacks.
Voter registration from noon to 4 p.m. 8 a.m.
Madness & Serenity, South Side Grille, 2 Main Street, South Bound
Brook. Art show and sale to benefit Jersey James Fund, a United Way
music education program of New Jersey Program. Works by central Jersey
artist Ned include original oil paintings of the aftermath of the
World Trade Center tragedy, along with more serene offerings. Noon.
The Jersey Jams Fund has raised close to $40,000 since September 20,
2001, through CD sales and benefit concerts. They have given $22,000
in free music lessons and school band equipment to 37 New Jersey
Children o 9/11, produced eight free music mentorship events, and
donated 900 copies of "Jersey Jams, Jersey Cares" CD to 900 New Jersey
families of 9/11.
Born in Plainfield, Nasty Ned began singing and performing during the
1960s. He is associated with Jersey Jams and provides harmonica
lessons for children at Jersey Jams events.
Chicken Barbecue, Titusville United Methodist Church, 1450 River Road,
Titusville, 609-737-1444. 39th Annual Chicken benefit barbecue. The
church commemorates the three-year anniversary of September 11 with a
moment of silence at each barbecue seating. The sanctuary will be open
all day. A portion of proceeds will be donated to local emergency and
rescue workers. Take-out available. Reservations are recommended. $11
adult; $5 child. 5 p.m.
Memorial Service for 9/11, Township of Plainsboro, September 11
Memorial, Plainsboro Municipal Complex, 609-799-0909. A moment of
silence will be held at 8:46 a.m. followed by a lowering of the flag
and the laying of a wreath honoring the three Plainsboro residents who
died on September 11;, 2001. 8:30 a.m.
Unity Fest, Borough of Highland Park, Raritan Avenue, 732-828-8444.
Remembering 9/11 by sharing cultures and histories of community
members through food, art, dance, music, and crafts. Noon.
Acupressure Yoga, Studio Zen, 57 Hamilton Avenue, Hopewell,
609-466-7787. Self-healing techniques combine acupressure combinations
with traditional Hatha poses. Register. $35. 1 p.m.
Breathwork Workshop, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland
Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Use the breath to induce an
altered state of consciousness for emotional healing and spiritual
experience. Four-hour workshop by Ed Zullo and Jane Martin. Register.
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