The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey has opened an exhibit recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and chronicling the New Jersey National Guard’s response.
“September 11: The New Jersey National Guard Response” is open through Oct. 3 at the museum’s annex at the National Guard Armory at 151 Eggerts Crossing Rd. in Lawrence Township and main museum at Sea Girt Avenue and Camp Drive in Sea Girt.
“Within moments of the first plane striking the World Trade Center, elements of the New Jersey National Guard were mobilized in support of security and recovery operations,” said 1st Lt. Vincent Solomeno, historian of the New Jersey National Guard and the museum’s curator. “Ten years on, our state’s citizen soldiers remain engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations worldwide. This is our effort to commemorate that service.”
Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state. Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the museum’s web site at http://www.nj.gov/military/museum/ or call (732) 974-5966.