Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

As rain, moderate to heavy at times, fell upon those gathered, Morris County’s Remembrance Service and Candlelight Observance of the 11th anniversary of 9/11 was conducted Sunday at the county’s September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

The observance, sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, included the reading aloud of the names of each of the Morris County victims who lost their lives that day.

Freeholder Director William Chegwidden, standing in front of the county’s Memorial, spoke of the attacks on our nation 11 years ago.

“Those events are as fresh in our minds today as they were on that Tuesday morning in September 2001,” Chegwidden said.

He noted that 64 residents from 27 Morris County communities were killed in the attacks.

“As we look at this Memorial, we are reminded of our loved ones who were so tragically taken from us on that late summer day, and we remember each of them – not only today, but always,” Chegwidden told the crowd, which included family members of the victims, and representatives from Morris County’s police and fire departments and rescue squads.

Former New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, the keynote speaker at the ceremony, said remembering the victims each year is “the right thing to do.”

DiFrancesco was governor of the state when the attacks occurred, and immediately responded by activating the state’s emergency operations center to provide needed services as quickly as possible.

The Morris County September 11th Memorial consists of three steel beams from the World Trade Center, pieces of United Airlines Flight 93 that slammed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and soil from the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed.

The Memorial, dedicated in 2003, pays tribute to all of those who died in the terrorist attacks, 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 are set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.