Middletown remembers lives lost in 9/11 attacks
Dozens of New Jersey residents gathered in Middletown Friday to remember the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
There were 37 Sept. 11 victims from Middletown, the most per capita than another other New Jersey municipality. Residents wishing to pay their respects gathered at a memorial garden dedicated to the lives lost.
Retired New York City Firefighter Woody Wall says the garden is a peaceful place to reflect. Wall was a first responder on Sept. 11 and worked at Ground Zero for months. He now works as a guide at the 9/11 Tribute Center.
"For me, it's very sad and very personal. I didn't lose a family member there, but I lost a lot of brother firefighters and that's really close to my heart, really," he says.
A single white rose was left on each of the 37 granite markers, one for each of the lives lost from Middletown. Portraits of each victim are engraved in the stones.
"I think everybody should come by and walk through here. It's a very peaceful area and remember their neighbors and remember what happened on that day," says Tara Fallon, who is remembering her neighbor, Patrick Hoey, who was killed in the attacks.
The memorial garden in Middletown was built next to the train station. After the terrorist attack, many cars belonging to victims remained in the parking lot for some time.