By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern
SOUTH JERSEY — Twenty years ago Saturday, 2,977 Americans lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Of those, 750 were from New Jersey. South Jersey, along with the rest of the United States, will host a number of events and ceremonies to remember, honor, and memorialize the victims of the attacks on their 20th anniversary.
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is co-hosting an anniversary event to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Board of Commissioners will join the military, veterans, and public safety partners in hosting the memorial at Veterans Island at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill. You can find more information about the event here.
Additionally, a gym in Somers Point is holding a contest to remember the first responders who selflessly ascended up the Twin Towers’ 110 floors to assist those in the buildings. Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness is challenging all non-member and member first responders in climbing 110 floors with a 25-pound weighted backpack. The competition runs from Wednesday to Saturday. You can find out more about this event, including prizes for the winners, here.
The Cape May County Board of Commissioners is also hosting a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The ceremony is set to take place at the Cape May Court House.
One event extends across South Jersey, starting in Camden County and ending on the coast in Atlantic County. Stripe Club Choppers bikers are leading the 9/11 Memorial Ride hosted by Barb’s Harley Davidson. Anyone with a motorcycle or road bike is invited to meet the group at Barb’s Harley Davidson in Ephraim at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The ride will begin at 8:30 a.m., and all bikers will drive together to “honor the memories of the fallen.” The ride ending in Atlantic County will commemorate the beginning of Atlantic City’s Bike Week.
Also in Cape May County, Middle Township is hosting a 9/11 20th Anniversary Event at Ockie Wisting Recreation Complex in Rio Grande. The event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, will honor local police department, emergency medical services and fire districts. It will also honor responders from Middle Township that risked their lives responding to the attacks 20 years ago. You can find out more about this event here.
In addition to these memorializing events, there are permanent memorials across the state that honor the victims of 9/11 every day. You can find the full list of memorials here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.