Sept. 11, 2011: Ten Years Later

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” -President Barack Obama


Today, we honor those who died and those who survived that fateful day, but lost a friend, a relative, a neighbor, or a sense of security in the world. Our hearts especially go out to the families of area residents who died, including Princeton residents:

-Catherine Ellen Chirls , 47, who was a banker at eSpeed.

-Tu-Anh Pham , 42, a township resident who was an analyst at Fred Alger Management. Pham gave birth to a baby girl in July of 2001 and returned from maternity leave the day before the attacks.

-Frank Bennett Reisman, 41, a township resident who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the equities desk.

-Kevin York, 41, a township resident who was a senior vice president at Euro Brokers.

-Andrew King, 42, a township resident who worked as a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald.

At 1:30, Princeton University will hold a remembrance ceremony that will include speakers such as former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, class of 1965, President Shirley Tilghman, and Princeton University Professor Anthony Appiah. The university’s chapel choir and glee club will perform. The event will start at 1:30 p.m. on the Cannon Green (or Dillon Gymnasium in the event of rain). The event is open to the public.

The Princeton Area Clergy Association will host an interfaith service at the Princeton University Chapel at 7 p.m. The theme for this community wide-interfaith service “Living Between Memory and Hope,” will feature a mass Choir comprised from various houses of worship. Sacred texts and reflections from the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish will be offered. A prayer time will include the opportunity for participants to offer the names of family, friends, or colleagues who died on that day ten years ago.

Following is a list of victims with ties to the Mercer area. We mourn them still:

Mukul Agarwala
Michael Bane
Colleen Barkow
Lorraine Bay
Todd Beamer
Debbie Bellows
Jim Berger
Bill Bethke
Anil Bharvaney
Jeffrey Chairnoff
Peter Chirchirillo
Catherine Chirls
Linda Colon
Michael Cunningham
Jeannine Damiani-Jones
Robert Devitt Jr.
William Fallon
Jeffrey Fox
Pamela Gaff
William Godshalk
Steven Goldstein
Richard Guadagno
Donald Havlish
Brian Hennessey
Donald Jones
William Hill Kelly
Andrew King
Neil Lai
Ruth Lapin
Steven Lawn
Joseph Lostrangio
Dan Maher
Patrick Murphy
Louis J. Nacke
M. Phillip Parker
Tu-Anh Pham
Jim Potorti
Edward R. Pykon
Michele Reed
Frank Reisman
Joshua Reiss
Jeffrey Robinson
John Ryan
Victor Saracini
Larry Senko
David Suarez
Susan Schuler
Toyena Skinner
James White
Suresh Yanamadala
Kevin York

We will bring you stories about today’s ceremonies and remembrances and we invite you to add your own in comments.