At a memorial ceremony on Saturday, September 7, 2019, the Hopewell Valley September 11th and Emergency Services Memorial Committee commemorated 18 years since the attack on September 11. Held at Woolsey Park, Hopewell Valley residents gathered to remember those who were lost in the attacks.

A van, which belonged to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was heavily damaged when the towers collapsed on September 11th, was presented to the 9/11 Committee two years ago. The group has just completed the display building that is pictured and remembers the 37 Port Authority police officers and 88 Port Authority employees lost on September 11th.

“The attacks in New York happened just 78 miles from the Hopewell Valley September 11th and Emergency Services Memorial,” said Michael Chipowsky,  chairman of the Hopewell Valley September 11th and Emergency Services Memorial Committee. “Fortunately, no one from the Hopewell Valley was lost that day and for this we will always be thankful. However, we must continue to remember all who were lost and learn from this horrific day so that it never happens again.”

Photo credit: Michael Chipowsky

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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