Atlantic City memorial commemorates Sept. 11 anniversary


A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday to mark the 22 anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The city holds its annual ceremony at the Saracini-O’Neill Memorial that honors two Atlantic City natives who died in the attacks.

Victor John Saracini, 51, was the pilot of United Airlines Flight 175, which was hijacked and flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. It was the second plane to hit.

He was a graduate of Atlantic City High School, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1976.

Saracini was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy “E” Ribbon and the Expert Marksmanship ribbon during his service.

John Patrick O’Neill, 49, was a retired FBI director who headed the investigation into the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, along with investigating several other terrorist attacks.

The Holy Spirit High School graduate was director of security at the World Trade Center.

Each of the men left behind a wife and two children.

The attacks killed 2,977 people along with 19 hijackers.

Atlantic City’s ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the memorial at Jackson Avenue and the Boardwalk.

The event is open to the public.

Mayor Marty Small will join Atlantic City Police Chief James Sarkos, Fire Department Scott Evans and other firstr-responders.