Eleven years ago, Middletown was one of New Jersey's hardest hit towns during the September 11th attacks. Today, the Monmouth County community will pay a silent tribute to the 37 residents who died in the World Trade Center tragedy.

They were finance executives, traders, parents, friends, older workers.

"Obvioulsy this day has a deeper meaning for Middletown because we lost so many lives that day, 37 people that we will never forget" said Mayor Anthony Fiore.

Today, at 8:46 am the town will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Middletown Memorial Gardens.

Fiore says even though eleven years has past since that tragic day, the community will never fully heal.

"That day is still as vibrant and as vivid today as it was back then, so its certainly a time to reflect."

He says its also a time to honor those who serve our country and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"Its also an opportunity for us to remember all of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and layed their lives on the line for our freedom."

Flag banners have been installed as a tribute to the September 11th victims. The flag banners are hanging on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church Street and Middletown-Lincroft Road. The flag banner display, spearheaded by Mayor Fiore, became part of the township's annual 9/11 commemoration in 2011.

The Central Jersey Blood Center will be hold a blood drive to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and heroes on September 11, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome and appreciated. To schedule an appointment, visit their website.