Patriot Day Pays Tribute to 15th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks

Remember and honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001 by attending one of these ceremonies being held throughout Cape May County.

Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
Cape May County Administration Building, 4 Moore Rd., Cape May Court House

Join the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders for a Patriot Day Memorial Service as they mark the 15th Anniversary of September 11th at 1 p.m.

Cape May
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6:15 p.m.
Cove Beach, Beach Avenue (East End), Cape May

The Kiwanis Club of Cape May in conjunction with the City of Cape May will honor and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and aboard Flight 93. The annual commemoration ceremony held at Beach Avenue at the Cove is a solemn and moving ceremony with speakers from local organizations along with community leaders who remind us of the sacrifice of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical technicians who valiantly struggled that day to save lives. There is a moment of silence as the flag is lowered at the Cove for the summer season. Bring the family and beach chairs, and take part in this memorable event. The Kiwanis Club of Cape May has assumed the responsibility for organizing this annual memorial ceremony. A local community event not to miss! For more information, visit

Lower Township
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.
Sunset Beach, 502 Sunset Blvd., Cape May Point

Lower Township will honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 with a sunset flag ceremony at Sunset Beach by the flag pole, located at the end of Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township. Firefighters from Lower Township volunteer fire companies will attend the ceremony along with members of the Lower Township Police Department.

North Wildwood
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:40 a.m.
15th St. Fire Station, 15th & Central Aves., North Wildwood

Service will be held at the 15th Street Fire Station in North Wildwood, marking the 15th Anniversary Commemoration of the September 11th tragedies. Ceremony starts at 8:40 a.m. For more information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit

Ocean City
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.
Ocean City Fire Station, 550 Asbury Ave., Ocean City

Ocean City’s annual memorial program, “A Day to Remember, September 11th Commemoration,” will be held in front of the Fire Station on Asbury Avenue. The ceremony will begin with a fire service tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s. Long before there were radios or pagers, fire alarms and daily announcements were sent from headquarters to firehouses by a system of bell commands and telegraph. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, headquarters would transmit five bell strikes, repeated in a series of four. It is a form of rendering final honors to a departed comrade, known as striking of the four fives. The program will also include: Presentation of Colors by Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32; Flag Salute led by Jim Sambucci, American Legion Post 524 commander; The National Anthem sung by the St. Augustine’s A Capella Chorus directed by Matt Wolfe; Invocation by Rev. John Jamieson, Ocean City Fire Department Chaplain; Welcome by Mayor Jay A. Gillian; and the Laying of Wreath by members of Ocean City Police and Fire Departments. The keynote address will be reflections by Joyce, Chelsea and Devon Rodak in loving memory of husband and father, John Rodak. The event also will include Remarks and Benediction, Pastor Steve Donat of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and “God Bless America” sung by Julia Mary Wilson. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, visit

Sea Isle City
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
Veterans Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle City

The public is invited to join Mayor Leonard Desiderio, members of City Council, local religious leaders, first responders and other members of the community for Sea Isle City’s annual Patriot Day Ceremony at Veterans Park. The ceremony will feature words of encouragement, patriotic hymns and a variety of tributes to the men, women and children who died during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. At 10:10 a.m. during the Patriot Day Ceremony, all those in attendance will be invited to sing God Bless America, led by Henrietta Creighton, a 92-year-old Sea Isle City resident who has begun a campaign to encourage more people to sing the well-known hymn. In the event of inclement weather, Sea Isle City’s Patriot Day Ceremony will be held inside the former Public School Building at 4501 Park Road. For more information, visit

Stone Harbor
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.
Freedom Park, 96th St. & Seng Pl., Stone Harbor

The Borough of Stone Harbor will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Freedom Park, next to the Firehouse. Special guests will include Robert “Woody” Vassallo, a New York Firefighter from Engine 68 who was called into duty after retiring to help with the recovery effort at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Returning to our ceremony will be Jacalyn Rae Matkowski who will perform an original song which she composed “Do You Know?” along with performances from the Middle Township A Cappella Quartet and a gun salute offered by the Local American Legion Post and prayer from local clergy. 9/11 Remembrance Artwork from the Stone Harbor Elementary Students will be displayed and honor guard will be provided by the Stone Harbor Police and Fire Department. Stone Harbor secured a small section of an I-beam from the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey that was recovered from the World Trade Center site in New York City following the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. This artifact will be forever displayed at the site in honor of the victims, heroes and families who were directly impacted on that fateful day. For more information, visit

Upper Township
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 12 p.m.
Sergeant William R. Godfrey Memorial Park at Osprey Point, 1731 Route 9, Seaville

The service will be hosted by Osprey Point resident, Aldo Palombo. A flag honoring deceased Osprey Point resident and World War II combat veteran Les Frisch will be presented to the Osprey Point Community. Marmora Fire Chief Jay Newman will speak on his Upper Township emergency services involvement at the World Trade Center during the search and recovery operation after the attack. Representatives of VFW Post 8695 and American Legion Post 239 will lead the flag salute. The Upper Township Fire and Rescue Squads will be represented by personnel and a display of equipment. Visitors and dignitaries will be acknowledged. All are welcome to attend this Patriot Day Service to remember and honor those who have fallen or suffered grievous harm on this day of disaster. If there is inclement weather, the Service will be held inside the Osprey Point Clubhouse.

Wildwood Crest
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Turtle Gut Park, New Jersey & Miami Aves., Wildwood Crest

The service will be held at Turtle Gut Park, New Jersey and Miami Avenues in Wildwood Crest, adjacent to Sunset Lake, at 5:30 p.m. to honor and remember those who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For more information, call (609) 522-5176 or visit