Monday, September 9th, 2013
As the service began, Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo shared the history of the county’s memorial, which continues to serve as a reminder of the events that occurred 12 years ago in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginiaand as a symbol of hope for the community.
“The county’s memorial tells the story of that day,” Mastrangelo said. “It is made 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 grounds of the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed. It is a memorial that evokes symbolism in an attempt to ease the pain that is still all too real even today.”
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In addition to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, several hundred citizens, emergency responders, fire departments and other dignitaries, including Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who led the pledge to the flag, gathered to pay tribute to the victims and their families.
The main speaker for the Morris County Remembrance Service was Edward Dickson, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He detailed the efforts made in law and public safety since Sept. 11, 2001, and also shared his vow, as well as the commitment of his office, to never forget that fateful day.
As the candles were lit, Mastrangelo and Freeholder Deputy Director David Scapicchio solemnly read the names of each of the 64 Morris County residents lost that day. A single bell tolled after the name of each person was read.
The Morris Choral Society and Gabriella Gambino, a senior at the Morris County School of Technology, provided the music to commemorate the event, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Honor Detail provided the 21 gun salute.
Mastrangelo concluded the evening’s remembrance service by thanking all who participated and by sharing his hope that those who visit the memorial find it a place of comfort, particularly with the approach of the 12th anniversary on Wednesday.
“While life goes on, we stop what we are doing and gather to remember the victims of September 11thand to let their loved ones know that we will never forget them,” Mastrangelo said.
The Morris County September 11thMemorial is on West Hanover Avenue, across from Morris View