This annual ceremony on the beautiful grounds of the college offers visitors a chance to come together as a community to mark the tragic date. The college event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, remarks by dignitaries and song. As he has done since the 2011 dedication of the September 11 Memorial in Mercer County Park, Mr. Hughes encourages people to visit the memorial that day or any other, where they can informally reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, in their own personal way. The memorial, open 365 days a year, is located near the Marina and across from the Ranger Station in Mercer County Park.
At the college garden, participating dignitaries will lay a wreath on the college’s memorial bench. Special tribute will be paid to Mercer County residents who died in the attacks. Guest speaker is Sam Plumeri Jr., vice chairman of the NJ State Parole Board and former superintendent of police and director of public safety of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Plumeri serves on the Executive Board of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as on the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) Governance Board. He is the former Mercer County sheriff.
Also making remarks at the Community College ceremony will be Mr. Hughes; MCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Gwendolyn Harris, and MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Robert Wittik. Two MCCC Music students, Celina Hicks and Irvel Jean, both of Hamilton, are the featured singers for the ceremony. Directions and a campus map are available at www.mccc.edu.