NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) on Saturday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial.
All residents are invited to attend the annual ceremony, where each year communities join together across America in remembrance and prayer. Attendees will gather and reflect upon the innocent lives of those killed, pay solemn tribute to those who heroically sacrificed their own lives to save others, and remember those who helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed.
The college announced that the Keynote Speaker will be SCCC Veteran Services Coordinator Jay Christy. After joining the US Army in May of 2001, Jay served 13 years as an Airborne Infantryman and Non-Commissioned Officer. He completed four combat deployments in total. Jay was deployed to Afghanistan from February 2005 until March 2006 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, out of Caserma Ederla, Vicenza, Italy, and redeployed quickly with Joint Special Operations Command from October 2006 until May of 2007.
Jay is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star service medal for actions in combat and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device. His awards and citations also include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Jumpmaster Wings, and numerous Army commendations and campaign medals.
The Sheriff’s Honor Guard and several area Police and Fire Departments will be in attendance. Local vocalists and bagpipers will also bring their talents to the Remembrance Ceremony, where a wreath-laying will take place at the Monument.
The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is an annual event organized by Sussex County PBA Local #138 and held on the SCCC campus.
For more information on the ceremony, contact Ptl. Mahir Kaylani, the County PBA Delegate, at the Newton Police Department 973-383-2525.