Monday, September 14th, 2009

Several hundred people on Sept. 13 attended Morris County’s observance of the 8th anniversary of 9-11.

The attendees included family members of victims who were killed Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

They heard from Trish Stewart, the director of the victim-witness advocacy unit in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Stewart, who in the days, weeks and months following 9-11 provided assistance to the families of the World Trade Center victims, said it is our duty to always remember those who were killed that day eight years ago. Those sentiments were echoed by Morris County Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl, who along with Freeholder Jack J. Schrier, read aloud the names of each of the 64 Morris County residents killed in the terrorists attacks.

The county’s annual Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil was conducted at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

The September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all of the individuals who died on Sept. 11. The names of the 64 Morris County victims are engraved on plaques affixed to the Memorial’s base, while the names of each of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed are etched in ruby-colored paving stones that have been set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.

“Each of those individuals had his or her life stolen from us,” said Feyl. “Each individual’s death left a void in the hearts of many and each should be remembered.”