TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey communities remembered the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the banks of the Hudson River to the bedroom communities that nearly 750 victims called home.
Wreath-laying ceremonies, interfaith services and other events aimed at honoring those killed while focusing on the future were held throughout the state.
New Jersey residents died at the World Trade Center, aboard the hijacked jetliners and at the Pentagon.
At the Empty Sky Memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, a lone bagpiper walked down the granite path that directly points to ground zero.
“It’s just a beautiful sight to remember 9/11 and everyone who lost their lives,” Jersey City Fire Capt. John Ripnick told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Tammi Powlen of Bayonne said she brought her children so they could see the names etched on the stainless steel walls.
“I want to raise them knowing what happened and hoping that one day, they will be a part of helping that it never happens again,” she said.
Stu Freedman told Sloan he lost his good friend on 9/11.
“There were no words you can say. He was just a great guy,” Freedman said.