Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will observe the 7th anniversary of the tragic events that took place Sept. 11, 2001, with a public Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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, formerly Morris View Nursing Home.

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., placing special emphasis on the 64 victims from Morris County.

The observance will include remarks by New York firefighter John Fila, whose firehouse, Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9, had all 15 of its firefighters on duty the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, killed in their World Trade Center rescue efforts.

The names of all of the Morris County residents who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks will be read during the observance, and paving stones that are engraved with the names of each of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day, and which encircle the Memorial, will be dedicated.

The freeholders invite the general public to attend the memorial service and remember those who lost their lives that day.

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., Parsippany-Troy Hills. From there, a procession will be held to the Memorial.

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