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Basking Ridge residents who died on 9/11 will be among those memorialized at services across the country on the attack's 20th anniversary.

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Anyone older than 25 in Basking Ridge likely remembers where they were on 9/11.

Americans felt a collective trauma as first one and then another plane flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. As the truth dawned on people watching from their TVs that America was under attack, another plane took aim at the Pentagon. A fourth was brought down in a field in Pennsylvania in a final act of heroism by passengers who realized their flight had been hijacked.

Nearly 3,000 Americans, including 18 from Basking Ridge, were killed in the suicide attacks carried out by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida.

Find out what's happening in Basking Ridgewith free, real-time updates from Patch.

On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, our state remembers and mourns:

  • David Otey Campbell, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Stephen Patrick Dimino, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • John William Farrell, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Louis V. Fersini, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Michael Bradley Finnegan, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Christopher Hugh Forsythe, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Steven Gregory Genovese, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Robert John Halligan, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Kevin James Hannaford, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • John Clinton Hartz, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Matthew T. McDermott, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Stacey S. McGowan, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Ludwig J. Picarro, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Stephen E. Poulos, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Timothy Patrick Soulas, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Craig William Staub, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • William Randolph Tieste, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center
  • Frank Thomas "Paul" Wisniewski, Basking Ridge, World Trade Center

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David Otey Campbell - A senior vice president at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods in the World Trade Center, Campbell, 51, always spent Sunday nights with his wife Cindy and children, Chip and Tim. He was remembered as the “ultimate family man,” according to Legacy.

Stephen P. Dimino - A partnet at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center, Dimino, 48, was an avid outdoorsman – he enjoyed trap and skeet shooting, fishing, and skiing. He is survived by his wife Nancy and daughter Sabrina, according to Legacy.

John w. Farrell - A managing director for the Sandler O’ Neill investment banking firm, Farrell, 41, loved his small-town Basking Ridge life. He valued the simple life – always surrounded by family and friends. Farrell is survived by his wife Maryanne and four children, Kaitlin, Patrick, Molly, and Colin, according to Legacy.

Louis V. Fersini Jr. - A municipal bond broker for Cantor and Fitzgerald Securities at the World Trade Center, Fersini, 38, was a father of four children, Twins Thomas and Katelyn, and his sons, Christopher and Brian. He was known for his bigger-than-life personality. Fersini is also survived by his wife of 12 years, Cathy, according to Legacy.

Michael Bradley Finnegan - A currency broker for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center, Finnegan, 37, had just seen his daughter Bridget off to her first day at kindergarten a couple of days prior to his death. He was known as a sensitive person who enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and golfing. He is survived by his wife Erin and his daughter, according to Legacy.

Christopher Hugh Forsythe - It took three alarm clocks for Hugh, 44, a foreign exchange money broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, to get up in the morning. A London native, he and his wife Tessie would be up together at 5 a.m. joking around before he had to leave for work. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Kristen, and his step-son Jose, according to Legacy.

Steven Gregory Genovese - An employee at the World Trade Center, Genovese, 37, was known as a thrill seeker. He enjoyed many extreme-sports such as skiing, bungee jumping, skydiving, and motocross. He is survived by his wife Shelly and daughter Jacqueline, according to Legacy.

Robert John Halligan- Vice president at Aon in the World Trade Center, Halligan, 59, was London-born resident of the United States proud of his British heritage. He was known for his down-to-earth and warm personality. Halligan is survived by his wife, Jerrie, and children, Trevor, James, Robert, Lara, Emma, and Sarah, according to Legacy.

Kevin James Hannaford - A commodities broker for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center, Hannaford, 32, was an avid soccer player, but an even more attentive father and husband. His pregnant wife, Eileen, was standing right outside of the north tower when the first plane hit. She was evacuated and gave birth to the couples second child, named Kevin, four months later, according to Legacy.

John Clinton Hartz - A senior vice president at Fiduciary Trust, Hartz, 64, met his wife Elinore during a blind-date in 2000. During an interview with The New York Times, his wife recalled him always looking through the charity solicitations that came in the mail, the ones most people just through in the trash. She said he would often send them all something. He is survived by his wife, children, John, Catherine, and stepchildren, Hadley and David, according to Legacy.

Matthew T. McDermott - An equity trader for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center, McDermott, 34, was close with the four other co-workers at his desk – often going to family dinners together and taking family vacations. McDermott also enjoyed playing golf – he and his wife of 16 years, Susan would play together. Susan was pregnant with the couple’s third child at the time of McDermott’s death, according to Legacy.

Stacey S. McGowan - A Managing Director for Sandler O’Neil & Partners at the World Trade Center, Tower 2, McGowan, 38, spent two years working in London with her husband Tom, before moving to Basking Ridge. A Lacrosse player at Boston College, where she met her husband, McGowan was always known for her warm personality. The couple had two children together, Ryan and Casey, according to Legacy.

Ludwig J. Picarro - The senior vice president of diversified products at Zurich American Insurance Group in 1 Liberty Plaza, Picarro, 44, was thrilled to be working in New York City after years of working in the suburbs. Known as a family man, Picarro enjoyed talking sports with his two sons. He is survived by his wife, and high school sweetheart, Susan and his children, Andrew and Mathew, according to Legacy.

Stephen E. Poulos - A manager for Aon Corporation at the World Trader Center, Poulos, 45, first aspired to become an opera singer for 20 years – he trained as a baritone. He is survived by his wife Lisa, according to Legacy.

Timothy P. Soulas - A director of Cantor Fitzgerald’s foreign currency desk at the World Trade Center, Soulas, 35, wanted the same kind of big family he grew up in with his wife Katy, whom he met in college. The couple had five children and one on the way before Soulas’s death, according to the New York Times.

Craig William Staub - A senior vice president for Keefe, Bruyette and Wood Inc. at the World Trade Center, Staub worked 14-hour days to accomplish the goals he set by the age of 30, according to Legacy. Known to have a fun-loving personality, Staub was expecting his first child with wife Stacey. His daughter was born on Sept. 22, 2001 – Staub’s birthday.

William R. Tieste - An executive vice president of equity sales at Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center, Tieste, 54, lived for the “four F’s” – family, friends, food, and football. He is survived by his wife Debby and his son B.C., who always aspired to be a stock trader, just like his father, according to Legacy.

Frank T. Wisniewski - A vice president in Cantor Fitzgerald’s municipal bonds division at the World Trade Center, Wisniewski, 54, once cut a family vacation short because he missed his Basking Ridge home so much. He was known for his lively personality – always singing and dancing to the radio, h his home was always a “permanent party.” Wisniewski is survived by his wife, Carol and his two children, Alexandra and Jonathan, according to Legacy.

All 9/11 victims will be remembered at memorial services planned across the nation on Sept. 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

The 20 th Anniversary Remember September 11 ceremony will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m.
at the Harry Dunham Park 9/11 Memorial. Additionally, Fox News ran a story commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and the impact on Bernards Township. It can be viewed by clicking here.

At the 9/11 memorial in Lower Manhattan, New York — an area known for years after the attacks as “Ground Zero” — the names of the fallen will be read aloud.

“Throughout the ceremony, we will observe six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93,” the 9/11 Memorial & Museum wrote on its website.

The annual “Tribute of Light,” which are lights pointed to the sky in the shape of the Twin Towers, will go on that night.

Most 9/11 victims were from either New York or New Jersey, where many who lived across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center recall the horror of watching the twin towers collapse from their homes in Hoboken and Jersey City.

More than 2,700 people died at the World Trade Center alone on 9/11, including the passengers of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175. Another 184 were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and 44 died on United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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