Through many generous donations, volunteer efforts, and hard work, we reached the goal of making the Richard Cudina Memorial a reality. The Richard Cudina Memorial was officially dedicated on September 11, 2004 in a touching ceremony at the Lebanon Township Memorial Park in Lebanon Township, New Jersey.
Richard Cudina was the only victim from Lebanon Township. His neighbor Steve O’Reilly and friends wanted to create a Memorial in his memory in the local park and create a scholarship for a local student in his name. To raise the money needed to fund these projects, the newly formed Memorial Committee sponsored a golf tournament at the Basking Ridge Golf and Country Club on August 26, 2002 (Richard's 47th birthday). With 350+ in attendance the event was a resounding success and the plans were on the way.
You are invited to view a photo gallery of participants enjoying a game of golf.
With vision and fortitude the memorial was created to be a place for reflection, and while it cannot replace someone we have lost, it is our hope that it can bring peace and strength to the community, as together we celebrate the lives our loved ones.
The journey from inception to completion was a symphony with all the pieces coming together with the input and assistance of numerous friends and neighbors. So much passion and sorrow was spent in that time, the Memorial could not be less than a perfect reflection of remembrance and healing.
You are invited to view the photo galleries which shows the various development stages of the memorial, from inception to dedication.
2004 Memorial Dedication
The Richard Cudina Memorial was officially dedicated on September 11, 2004 in a touching ceremony at the Lebanon Township Memorial Park in Lebanon Township, New Jersey.
The Richard Cudina Memorial, located in the Lebanon Township Memorial Park’s “Quiet Area,?was created to remember and honor the 3,000 men and women who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
The dedication took place at 2pm on Saturday, September 11, 2004 in the Memorial Park on Bunnvale Road in Lebanon Township. Speakers included The Honorable Michael A. Ferguson of the US House of Representatives, New Jersey State Senator Leonard Lance, Hunterdon County Freeholder Marcia A. Karrow, and Eileen Swan, Master of Ceremonies and Lebanon Township Mayor.
For a map to the Memorial Park please click here. (coming soon)
You are invited to view a photo gallery which shows the dedication.
Each September 11th many residents of Lebanon Township gather at the Richard Cudina Memorial to remember, reflect and pray. On 9-11-2008 a more formal remembrance included the placement of 3,000 flags in a field near the Memorial representing the lives lost in the terrorist attacks. In addition, six large flags were placed in the field for the soldiers lost in the Iraq/Afghanistan war. The ceremony included Rev. John Wheatley, Rev. Andrew Paton, Pastor Chad Rodgers, Rev. William Mickiewicz, The Hunterdon Harmonizers, and the Hunterdon/Somerset Pipes and Drums.
You are invited to view a photo gallery which shows the “Field of Flags?