September 11, 2021
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Police Chief James M. Stevens, along with the Hamilton Police Division, took part in a somber event today during the September 11th Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial Rededication. Members of the Police & Fire Divisions, along with Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, Hamilton Council Members, Distinguished Guests, and Friends & Family gathered to pay respect to the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks that took place in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania 20 years ago today.
Gilbert Lugossy (Former Mercer County Sheriff), Deacon Robert Tharp (St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish), Colonel Robert Watson (ret. Director of Military Support, NJ Army National Guard), Chief James M. Stevens (Hamilton Police Division), Chief Richard Kraemer (Hamilton Fire Division), Mayor Jeffery S. Martin, and NJ State Parole Board Chairman, Samuel Plumeri Jr., spoke about the tragedies that occurred that day, the courage of the first responders and the resilience of Americans.
Mayor Jeffery S. Martin paid tribute to the five Hamiltonians who perished during the attacks; William Reed Bethke, Daniel Leonard Maher, Susan L. Schuler, Jeannine Damiani-Jones, and Richard Guadagno.
Today a redesigned 9/11 Memorial Grove was dedicated with a renewed pledge to NEVER FORGET 09.11.2001. Memorial wreaths were placed in the grove and a moment of silence was observed.
A special thank you to the Hamilton Police Division Honor Guard and Hamilton Township Fire Division Pipe & Drum Band for their Presentation and Retirement of the colors.
The ceremony was made possible by:
Office of Mayor Jeffery S. Martin
Hamilton Township Office of Emergency Management
Hamilton Township Department of Public Works
Hamilton Township Division of Recreation
Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee
Hamilton Township School District
EMS Squad 11 – Robert Wood-Johnson University Hospital of Hamilton
Emma Johnson, Shaughn Aderhold, Mckenna Fowler & James Murray – Hamilton Township School District Choir Students
Fiori’s Flowers for generously donating our Memorial Wreath
Hamilton PBA 66 and the Hamilton Career Firefighters Foundation for their Donation of Memorial Wreaths
Sean’s Landscaping for their Donation of Materials and Time in Constructing the Redesigned Memorial Grove
Photos by: Colin McCormick