ABSECON — The night before the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 100 people gathered outside the Absecon Fire Department to honor the thousands who died that day.

The crowd gathered under an American flag lifted high off the ground, and members of the local Boy Scouts and cheerleading team planted 300 flags — each one representing 10 people who died — into the ground facing the White Horse Pike.

“We can never forget that day,” said Charles Rosenbaum, a member of the VFW Post 9462 in Absecon. “How dare those people come and attack us in front of God.”

With the anniversary of the attacks today, there are many local events planned to honor those who died that day, ranging from the dedication of a memorial outside the Cape May County complex in Cape May Court House to an Atlantic City Boardwalk ceremony remembering 9/11 victims John O’Neill and Victor Saracini.

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong urged people to learn from that day.

“After 9/11, none of us can take for granted what we have been given,” he said. “Let us remind ourselves we have a responsibility to remember what this taught us. … And never forget the good that was done that day in the face of evil.”

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