Never Forget

Many towns have scaled down their 9/11 vigils for 2020, but you can still honor and remember those we lost right here in Bergen County. Here’s how (and where).


After a lot of back and forth, the annual 9/11 light tribute in New York City that honors to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is a definite go despite the coronavirus pandemic. And though there will be some changes implemented at all gatherings (social distancing and mask wearing among them), a handful of 9/11 vigils and tributes are happening on this side of the river too. Here’s a rundown of where, when and how you can pay your respects tonight right here in a few select Bergen County towns:

Fort Lee:

7 p.m.: Constitution Park. Join Mayor Mark Sokolich, Council members and first responders from Fort Lee’s emergency services for this low-key memorial.

Franklin Lakes:

6 p.m.: Memorial Pond Park behind Borough Hall, 480 DeKorte Dr. The event will feature singing, speeches, a prayer vigil and the release of Monarch butterflies.

Hasbrouck Heights:

6:30 p.m.: Euclid Lodge #136, where the names of Bergen County residents who perished the attacks will be read

7 p.m.: Town-wide vigil at Firemen’s Memorial at the Circle


4 p.m.: Bergen County 9/11 Monument, Overpeck County Park’s Henry Hoebel Area, Fort Lee Rd. Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco will lead the county’s official 9/11 remembrance ceremony. If you can’t make it, it’ll also be streamed live on his Facebook page.


7 p.m.: Lisa DiGiulio Tranquility Park near the Mahwah train station, west of the railroad overpass on Ramapo Avenue. If you can’t attend, you can watch the event live on Mahwah Community News channel 33 on FIOS and channel 78 on Cablevision.


6 p.m.: Finch Park, hosted by the Mayor Deirdre A. Dillon and the Council.


8 p.m.: The Memorial, at the south end of the Westwood train station. This “solemn ceremony” will feature a prayer, a recitation of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, music to help people reflect and appearances from Westwood’s first responders.


7 p.m.: Veterans Memorial Park, located on Valley Boulevard and Highland Avenue.