Governor pays tribute to lives lost during North Brunswick’s Sept. 11 ceremony

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North Brunswick Sept. 11 memorial, monument with steel from the World Trade CenterPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, center, meets former North Brunswick Mayor Sal Palladino, left, and current Superintendent of Schools Brian Zychowski during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony on Sept. 11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee place a wreath at the memorial in North Brunswick during a ceremony on Sept. 11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack speaks during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Township High School Band performs solemn music during the Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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North Brunswick Police Director Kenneth McCormick, left, and Lou Ann Benson, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, who are members of the Sept. 11 Committee, listen to words of encouragement during North Brunswick's ceremony on Sept.11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Shivam Nangia, center, is the high school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Scout members meet Gov. Phil Murphy during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Scout members meet Gov. Phil Murphy during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Ken Graulich of North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, left, and Jeffrey Steinman of the North Brunswick First Aid & Rescue Squad, salute during North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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First responders salute during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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A solemn salutePHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, speaks with Councilman Bob Davis, left, and Director Lou Ann Benson prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, speaks with Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrolmen Adrian Ailey, left, and Jon Kelly, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, stand guard at the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Memorial on Hermann Road prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Detective Badawy Badawy, left, and Patrolman Jon Kelly, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, walk toward the Sept. 11 memorial on Hermann Road in North Brunswick prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far left, greets Middlesex County Freeholder Shanti Narra, a former councilwoman in North Brunswick, prior to the start of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy offers words of solace during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, greets North Brunswick Officer Dimitrios Katsoulis at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Sept. 11 CommitteePHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The Rev. Mark McGrath speaks during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The Rev. Mark McGrath speaks during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, left to right, North Brunswick Police Director Kenneth McCormick and the Rev. Mark McGrath pay tribute during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Joseph Manochio, center, is the middle school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Director Lou Ann Benson, left, introduces Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrolman Adrian Ailey, left to right, Patrolman Jon Kelly and Detective Badawy Badawy, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, stand guard at the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Memorial on Hermann Road prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, fourth from left, and Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, fifth from left, share a few words prior to the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, fourth from left, attends North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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American flagPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Flag foldingPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Daniella George, center, is the elementary school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, speaks with Daniella George, the elementary school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, to right, Shivam Nangia, Daniella George, Joseph Manochio and Gov. Phil Murphy at the North Brunswick Sept.11 ceremony. The students were winners of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the North Brunswick Township High School Vocal Tech and Honors Ensemble perform solemn, patriotic music during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick shares parting words during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Director Lou Ann Benson, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Flowers at the base of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 memorialPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Township High School band plays patriotic music during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Governor Phil MurphyPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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North Brunswick Sept. 11 memorial, monument with steel from the World Trade CenterPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, center, meets former North Brunswick Mayor Sal Palladino, left, and current Superintendent of Schools Brian Zychowski during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony on Sept. 11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee place a wreath at the memorial in North Brunswick during a ceremony on Sept. 11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack speaks during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Township High School Band performs solemn music during the Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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North Brunswick Police Director Kenneth McCormick, left, and Lou Ann Benson, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services, who are members of the Sept. 11 Committee, listen to words of encouragement during North Brunswick's ceremony on Sept.11.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Shivam Nangia, center, is the high school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Scout members meet Gov. Phil Murphy during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Scout members meet Gov. Phil Murphy during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Ken Graulich of North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, left, and Jeffrey Steinman of the North Brunswick First Aid & Rescue Squad, salute during North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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First responders salute during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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A solemn salutePHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, pins Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, speaks with Councilman Bob Davis, left, and Director Lou Ann Benson prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation & Community services, and member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee, left, speaks with Gov. Phil Murphy prior to North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrolmen Adrian Ailey, left, and Jon Kelly, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, stand guard at the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Memorial on Hermann Road prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Detective Badawy Badawy, left, and Patrolman Jon Kelly, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, walk toward the Sept. 11 memorial on Hermann Road in North Brunswick prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far left, greets Middlesex County Freeholder Shanti Narra, a former councilwoman in North Brunswick, prior to the start of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy offers words of solace during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, far right, greets North Brunswick Officer Dimitrios Katsoulis at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Sept. 11 CommitteePHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The Rev. Mark McGrath speaks during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The Rev. Mark McGrath speaks during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Rabbi Mendy Carlebach, left to right, North Brunswick Police Director Kenneth McCormick and the Rev. Mark McGrath pay tribute during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Joseph Manochio, center, is the middle school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Director Lou Ann Benson, left, introduces Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Patrolman Adrian Ailey, left to right, Patrolman Jon Kelly and Detective Badawy Badawy, members of the North Brunswick Police Department Honor Guard, stand guard at the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Memorial on Hermann Road prior to the 18th anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, fourth from left, and Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, fifth from left, share a few words prior to the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, fourth from left, attends North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the community place flowers on a piece of steel taken from the World Trade Center.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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American flagPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Flag foldingPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy arrives at North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Daniella George, center, is the elementary school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest. Also pictured are North Brunswick Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, and Gov. Phil Murphy.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Gov. Phil Murphy, right, speaks with Daniella George, the elementary school winner of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, left, to right, Shivam Nangia, Daniella George, Joseph Manochio and Gov. Phil Murphy at the North Brunswick Sept.11 ceremony. The students were winners of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Art Contest.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Members of the North Brunswick Township High School Vocal Tech and Honors Ensemble perform solemn, patriotic music during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick shares parting words during the North Brunswick Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Councilman Ralph Andrews, left to right, Councilman Bob Davis, Freeholder Shanti Narra, Mayor Francis "Mac" Womack, Director Lou Ann Benson, Gov. Phil Murphy, Councilwoman Amanda Guadagnino, Councilman Will Lopez and Councilman Carlo Socio during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Flowers at the base of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 memorialPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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The North Brunswick Township High School band plays patriotic music during North Brunswick's Sept. 11 ceremony.PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF
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Governor Phil MurphyPHOTOS BY JENNIFER AMATO/STAFF

NORTH BRUNSWICK – Governor Phil Murphy said he has visited North Brunswick on many occasions, but the night of Sept. 11, 2019, was “the most solemn and memorable visit I’ve had.”

Speaking before a crowd of hundreds at the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Memorial on Hermann Road, Murphy said, “It is incumbent upon all of us that we continue our work honoring all those we honor today.”

He mentioned how so many feared for the lives of their friends and loved ones after the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

He said many students now are too young to remember, or were born after 2001, and “never viewed the silhouette of the magnificent building that beam of this memorial came from,” he said as he acknowledged steel from the World Trade Center that is the centerpiece of the Sept. 11 monument.

Having began his day at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, Murphy said, “While we all have different personal stories we are all contributing to the larger story” of New Jersey and of America.

“We gather this evening united, remembering the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, who is also a member of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee.

The Rev. Mark McGrath asked for a moment of silence to remember the lives lost on that day and in the aftermath, as well as for the workers who have succumbed to illness over the years.

He asked for a renewed commitment to love and respect of all, despite economic status, religious affiliation, nationality or orientation.

Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack then read a proclamation from the governor, designating Sept. 11, 2019, as Patriot Day, a national day of remembrance and service, and a day of reflection upon America’s tradition of freedom.

“We remain in awe of the many heroic feats of that day,” Womack said. “We are here because we know our resolve must remain strong.”

He said that members of the Armed Services were just babies or toddlers in 2001; township police officers were students in elementary and middle school; members of the command staff were in high school. He called the past 18 years since 2001 “a long struggle” and thanked members of the police department who are also military veterans.

Murphy and Womack then congratulated the winners of this year’s Sept. 11 Art Contest: Daniella George, a second grader at John Adams Elementary School; Joseph Manochio, an eighth grader at Linwood Middle School; and Shivam Nangia, a tenth grader at North Brunswick Township High School.

For the closing invocation, Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick paid tribute to the six North Brunswick residents who were killed on Sept. 11, and asked for strength and courage to remember them and keep that day sacred.

“We see separate individuals come together as one, representing the unified community North Brunswick is,” he said.

Carlebach said in the Jewish religion the number 18 is chai, which means life.

“One who has saved one life has saved the entire world,” he said, asking this 18th anniversary to have meaning in life and to inspire others with good deeds that emulate the heroes of Sept. 11.

“When we leave, please let our actions show our unity of our community,” Benson said.

The evening’s ceremony also included the North Brunswick Police Department, Fire Department, First Aid and Rescue Squad and the police Honor Guard; music by the Vocal Tech, Honors Ensemble and Band from North Brunswick Township High School; the placing of a wreath by members of the North Brunswick Sept. 11 Committee; the playing of “Taps” by Jose Carrasquillo; and the placing of flowers at the memorial by members of the community.

Contact Jennifer Amato at jamato@newspapermediagroup.com.