Wreath laying, flag banner display, memorial service cablecast, CJBC blood drive

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Members of the Middletown Township Committee will pay a silent tribute to the 37 residents who died in the World Trade Center tragedy with a wreath-laying at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, September 11th at 8:46 a.m. The time marks the start of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago when the first plane hit the towers.

Visitors are welcome at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens from dawn to dusk.  An American flag flown over the World Trade Center in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will fly at the Memorial Gardens this year. The flag was presented to Mayor Anthony P. Fiore by Governor Chris Christie.

The Memorial Gardens rest under a canopy of trees and feature a landscaped path with benches and a personalized memorial for each of the 37 residents. The gardens are located next to the Middletown Arts Center at 36 Church Street. The gardens are open to the public daily.

“It is important that Middletown and our great nation take a moment to remember the World Trade Center Tragedy and pay tribute to the friends and family we lost 11 years ago. It is critical that we seize this moment to stand tall and reaffirm that we, as proud Americans, remain vigilant in the war against terror,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore.

Flag banners have been installed as a tribute to the September 11th victims. The flag banners are hanging on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church Street and Middletown-Lincroft Road. The banners are sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals. The flag banner display, spearheaded by Mayor Fiore, became part of the township’s annual 9/11 commemoration in 2011.

In addition, a cablecast of Middletown’s memorial service held in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center Tragedy is airing on the township’s cable channel through September 11, 2012.  Residents can view the channel on Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon Fios Channel 26.  Visit www.middletownnj.org/tv to view for the program schedule.

The Central Jersey Blood Center will be hold a blood drive to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and heroes on September 11, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway. 

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome and appreciated.  To schedule an appointment, visit their website at www.cjbcblood.org. Click on Become a Blood Donor, then search for Mobile Drive by Sponsor Code. The sponsor code is 6065.  Please note that first time site visitors will need to save their profile before scheduling an appointment.

The Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens were developed by the Middletown WTC Memorial Committee, a non-profit group consisting of family members and interested residents. The Memorial Gardens were opened to the public on September 11, 2003.  Construction of the memorial was made possible largely through donations.

The Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens continue to be maintained by the WTC Memorial Committee in partnership with Middletown Township. Donations for the perpetual maintenance of the gardens are welcome and appreciated. Donations can be sent to:  Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens, c/o Mayor’s Office, Middletown Township, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748.

Residents honored at the Memorial Gardens are as follows:

  • Lorraine D. Antigua
  • Jane S. Beatty
  • Donna Bernaerts-Kearns
  • Alfred J. Braca
  • Ronald M. Breitweiser
  • Patrick J. Buhse
  • Stephen J. Cangialosi
  • Swede Joseph Chevalier
  • Dolores Marie Costa
  • Edward Desimone III
  • Michael Egan
  • David Ferrugio
  • Daniel J. Gallagher
  • John M. Grazioso
  • Felicia Hamilton
  • Patrick A. Hoey
  • Kathleen A. Hunt Casey
  • Brendan Mark Lang
  • Roseanne P. Lang
  • Anna A. Laverty
  • Michael Patrick McDonnell
  • Peter T. Milano
  • Louis J. Minervino
  • Justin John Molisani, Jr.
  • James Thomas Murphy
  • Christopher Newton-Carter
  • Paul R. Nimbley
  • Robert Emmett Parks, Jr.
  • Nicholas P. Pietrunti
  • John M. Pocher
  • Beth Ann Quigley
  • Gregg Reidy
  • Robert Andrew Spencer
  • Dick Stadelberger
  • Kenneth Tietjen
  • Anthony Ventura

Rodney James Wotton