Hopewell Valley remembered the lives lost on September 11, 2001 in two special ceremonies this year.

This morning, beginning at Bear Tavern Elementary School, the Hopewell Valley Emergency Services community transported the organization’s small piece of World Trade Center steel down Bear Tavern Road to Janssen Pharmaceutical, in Hopewell Township. Students from Bear Tavern Elementary School waved flags out as the procession passed.

Expressing gratitude for the event, Janssen posted to social media: “We proudly recognize the service and sacrifices made by first responders by hosting a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.”

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This past weekend, the Hopewell Valley September 11th and Emergency Services Memorial Committee hosted their annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Saturday September 9th in Woolsey Park (formerly Alliger Park).

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Photos of this weekend’s 9/11 Ceremony in Hopewell Township, Courtesy of Michael Chiposwky.


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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, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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