September 7, 2021

What:                          9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Event at Centenary University

When:                         Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 – 4:30 pm-6 pm

Where:                         Centenary University

400 Jefferson St.

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Front lawn of the Edward W. Seay Building


4:30 pm

20th Anniversary Twilight Remembrance Ceremony on the front lawn of the Edward W. Seay Building. Participants will include members of the Centenary University community, with the Hackettstown American Legion presenting the colors. Centenary University President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D., who is a retired U.S. Army veteran, and Associate Professor of History Noah Haiduc-Dale, Ph.D., will deliver remarks. Members of the local community and the media are invited to attend this service.

5 pm-6 pm

“September 11th, 2001: The Day That Changed the World,” an interactive poster exhibit, will be on display in the University’s Taylor Memorial Library. Sponsored by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the exhibit includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.

Service Events:

National Day of Service

Centenary University students will mark the National Day of Service with two volunteer activities:

“You Matter” Back-to-School Kits

Centenary students will compile themed back-to-school kits for schoolchildren from Jersey City—a community directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks—at the Jersey Cares office in Livingston, NJ.

Thank You Campaign

Centenary students will make cards for local first responders at the University’s home women’s volleyball game on Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 am, in the gym, as well as following the 20th Anniversary Twilight Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 pm.

Interview:  Rachel L. Danitz, Centenary University community engagement coordinator, is available to discuss the importance of Centenary’s 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and participation in the National Day of Service. She said of the 20th anniversary:

“As we approach the 20th anniversary of this event that changed the world, what has been an occasion for mourning and reflection is also becoming an opportunity to learn and grow. For our students especially, most of whom were not alive or were very young at the time, understanding and remembering these events is key to their understanding of today’s world, which continues to be shaped by the events of 9/11/2001.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township and degree and certificate programs also offered in Parsippany, online, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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