Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites the public to join them in observing the 11th anniversary of 9/11 at a Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from Morris View Healthcare Center.

The observance will include the reading aloud of the names of each of the Morris County victims and keynote remarks from former New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco, who was governor of the state when the attacks occurred.

The county’s September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all of those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, with a special emphasis on the 64 victims from Morris County whose names are etched in plaques that are affixed to the Memorial.

The names of all of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day are engraved in ruby-colored paving stones that have been set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.

Freeholder Director William Chegwidden said the county’s observance is not meant to dwell on the past, but to remember the innocent victims of the attacks.

“Each of those men, women and children killed that day left a void in the hearts of many,” Chegwidden said. “We need to let their loved ones know that we will never forget them.”

Since seating at the Memorial is limited, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance.

Parking will be available at the Morris County Department of Human Services building at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need to the Memorial.

The freeholders also invite police and fire departments and rescue squads from across the county to participate by sending one apparatus per department and assembling at 6 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany-Troy Hills. From there, a procession will be held to the Sept. 11th Memorial.

For more information, please call the county government’s public information office at (973) 285-6015 or (973) 631-5139.