mcps 9 11 mt mitchillATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — On Sunday, September 11 at 8 a.m. the Monmouth County Park System will host a Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands, the site of  the county’s 9/11  Memorial. Marking the fifteenth anniversary of the tragedy, the ceremony will honor the memory of those lost and reflect on the bravery of the day’s first responders.  Speakers include Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, Freeholder and Park System Liaison Lillian G. Burry, Middletown Police Chief Craig Weber, and Rev. David Cotton.  The Pipes & Drums of the Atlantic Watch will provide music.

The ceremony is held rain or shine.  All are welcome to attend.  In addition to the ceremony, the Park System will mark the occasion by extending Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook’s hours until 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, to provide additional opportunities to visit the 9/11 Memorial.

Set against views of New York City, the county’s 9/11 Memorial has three symbolic components: a timeline walkway to recollect the events of September 11, 2001; a stone base carved with the names, ages and hometowns of the 147 county residents who lost their lives that day; and an eagle sculpture with a beam from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers.

For more information about the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.