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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Area communities, except Plainfield, commemorate 9/11

Calligraphic art graces Union County's
9/11 Memorial web page.
Plainfield is not among the list of Union County and other area communities planning a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack (see list here).

Union County will offer its commemoration of the 60 Union County residents lost in the attacks at the county memorial at Echo Lake Park at 1:00 PM Sunday (see county website here).

Commemorations nearby to Plainfield include --

  • North Plainfield: 3 PM Sunday, interfaith service at North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road (at Clinton Avenue).

  • Scotch Plains: 6 PM Sunday, dedication of a memorial at the Village Green, Park Avenue and Front Street.

  • South Plainfield: 12:45 PM Sunday, a memorial ceremony at Monument Park on Plainfield Avenue (adjacent to Borough Hall).
I will be posting pictures of flags on display around Plainfield tomorrow.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

It should not be a surprise that there is no 9/11 commemoration service in Plainfield.

The terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 were for the most part a white man's tragedy: think of the overwhelmingly white male FDNY and the bond traders of Cantor Fitzgerald. The chief architects of the ensuing decade long retaliation were Bush and Cheney, still used as white bogeymen by the likes of Jerry Green. And the objects of that retaliation are brown-skinned Muslims, hardly an endearment to many Plainfielders.

For better or worse Plainfield is a FUBU town. Don't expect much 9/11 inspired false emotion here.

Anonymous said...

The on line issue of the Courier shows that Plainfield will have the ceremony on Monday.

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Anonymous said...

Plainfield has hastily scheduled a memorial service on Monday, 9:45 am, in front of city hall.

Dan said...

At 7:56 AM -- It was an overwhelmingly American tragedy, and people of color were both victims and hero first responders (including members of Plainfield's police and fire divisions who went to NYC to help).

Dan said...

@ 1:28 PM -- When I left to go to the PMUA Fair at 1 PM on Saturday, there was no notice on the city's website as I had just checked it to answer a complaint by a reader concerning the DPW/PMUA storm-related pickups.

On Saturday evening, the flyer was online. If you read it carefully, it seems almost a command performance for employees, since even the Mayor must have figured out most of the community would not get the word in time.

Anonymous said...

Jeanne Yurke commented via Facebook.

Jeanne wrote: "After some reflection I realize that observing the 12th is indeed significant for Plainfield. I'll never forget that on that Wednesday the winds had shifted and "the bad air" was suddenly over us.

By the next day the winds had shifted again so that "the bad air" was over parts of NY. Sadly, the NYC-based news reporters warned fellow NYers on Thursday, but had given no warning the day before when it was being breathed in NJ."

Rob said...

Well...I think we should have all of our ceremonies and moments of reflection on the day after the significant event...then at least we'll keep the theme for Plainfield going...always one step behind.