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9/11 remembrance canceled in New Jersey, but no one told families

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Families of 9/11 victims showed up at a New Jersey memorial for a remembrance on Sunday, but the event had been canceled without anyone letting them know.

Some relatives of victims told NBC 4 New York that about 30 family members arrived at the Empty Sky Memorial in Jersey City, but there weren't any speakers, podiums or chairs. Just an empty park. Organizers had unceremoniously canceled the ceremony just three days prior.

"If it had to be canceled for an emergency reason, I can see that," said Adam Kane, whose brother, Howard, was killed in the attack. "But surely they could get a politician or clergy member to speak because we shouldn't forget what happened."

Howard Kane's family was one of the hundreds that received postcard invitations to the event at the memorial in Liberty State Park. But organizers said a series of setbacks forced them to cancel the event.

"We're really sorry if they went out of their way," said Rick Cahill with the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation. "We appreciate them coming down and we would hope that people would come down without an invitation every September to visit the site."

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