Ready to ride

The line of Jeeps leave the Chuck Mathena Center parking lot Sunday. Photo by Jeff Harvey.

PRINCETON — COVID-19 has had many effects on commemorative ceremonies and traditional gatherings, including 9-11 ceremonies.

On Sunday, approximately 30 local Jeep owners belonging to the Country Roads Jeep Club gathered at the parking lot of the Chuck Mathena Center to start a commemorative ride honoring both the memories of those who died on September 11, 2001, plus local active and retired first responders.

CRJC spokesman Brandon Myles said, “We wanted to keep the memory of September 11 alive as far as those who were lost that day, their families and all first responders who still serving.”

A couple of months earlier, he said, the CRJC held a drive-by prayer ceremony for the Princeton Health Care Center.

“In addition to remembering the victims and their families, we wanted to recognize past and current first responders, “Myles said.

Princeton Mayor David Graham said, “The city appreciates the support given to our first responders by the club as well as the tribute to those who lost their lives on 9-11.”

After some opening remarks by Myles and an invocation, the Jeeps, with an escort of two Princeton Police Department cruisers and a Princeton Fire Department pumper, left the CMC to go down Stafford Drive, then Courthouse Road, around the courthouse then out on Route 20.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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