flags for 9/11

Students in 2012 staged a ceremony around 746 American flags in front of Y.A.L.E. School East in Northfield to represent the 746 New Jersey residents killed died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ben Fogletto

The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be marked with ceremonies across the region, including the dedication of a new memorial outside the Cape May County complex.

The memorial includes three concrete blocks from the Pentagon dating from the attacks, positioned to lean on each other to evoke the photo of the building on 9/11, county spokeswoman Lenora Boninfante said.

“There’s also a large rock and soil from the Flight 93 memorial site,” Boninfante said. “The three blocks are in the center, and the rock is positioned in the middle in front of them.”

En route, she added, is a large steel beam from the World Trade Center that will be paired with a cross made of steel already in the county’s possession.

A flagpole is being constructed to carry a flag honoring all those who lost their lives, which will be lit with a spotlight.

‘It’s a beautiful memorial, and it will really connect all three tragic events that took place,” Boninfante said.

The ceremony is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the county administration building at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House.

The Atlantic and Cape May courts are holding a 9/11 ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Criminal Courts Complex in Mays Landing, featuring remarks from trial court administrator Howard H. Berchtold Jr., acting First Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane M. Ruberton, Atlantic County Bar Association President Donna Michael-Zieris, and Cape May County Bar Association President Jennifer Russo-Belles.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association also is holding an event at 1 p.m. today at its Mays Landing campus.

“Students were given a chance to submit an essay on how the events of 9/11 affected their life, the United States of America and the entire world,” Atlantic Cape Community College Education Association President Sandi Greco said in a statement. “We will read the top three essays in tribute to the victims and heroes of this tragic day.”

In Upper Township, resident Steve Schwegel is scheduled to speak on his involvement as a paramedic and first responder at the World Trade Center at a program Wednesday at Staff Sgt. William Godfrey Memorial Park in Osprey Point.

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