Scotch Plains officials and residents gathered at the town's 9/11 memorial to honor the 12th anniversary of the attacks and remember three neighbors lost that day: Matthew Horning, James Walsh and Mark Rothenberg.
Horning, 26, a 1993 SPFHS grad, was a database administrator for Marsh & McLennan, a financial services firm on the 95th floor of the North Tower. Walsh, 37, worked as a computer programmer for Cantor Fitzgerald. Rothenberg, 52, was on board United Airlines Flight 93 en route to San Francisco, when it was hijacked by terrorists and crashed in Pennsylvania.
The services were led by Mayor Kevin Glover with prayers from Cynthia Cochran-Carney, pastor of Willow Grove Church, and Rabbi George Nudell and Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel.
Former Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool, who oversaw the installation of the monument in 2011, also spoke to the crowd and thanked those who helped make the monument possible.
Following the speakers, town first responders laid flowers on each of three plaques explaining the three attacks. Then, members of the Horning family laid flowers on the memorial benches in honor of their son and the other two men lost in the attacks.