Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
“Though 13 years have passed since those terrible events shook the nation and the world, we still have not come to fully understand what happened that day, or why it happened,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo as the service began.
Among the nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children killed in the terrorists attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, 64 were Morris County
As the candles were lit, Mastrangelo and Freeholder Doug Cabana solemnly read the names of each of the county residents lost that day. A single bell tolled after the name of each person was read.
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 Morris County native Christopher Rodriguez, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Morris County’s September 11th Memorial 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.
“We gather at this spot, year after year, not to relive those events of 9-11, but to let the families of those whose lives were so tragically lost that day know that their loved ones will be in our hearts forever,” Mastrangelo said.
The county’s Remembrance Service included musical selections from the Morris Choral Society; Shreya Vodapalli, a student in the county’s Health Care Science Academy; and Shreya Durbha, a student in the county’s Finance and International Business Academy. The Morris County Sheriff’s Honor Detail provided the 21 gun salute.
Mastrangelo concluded the evening’s ceremony by sharing his hope that those who visit the Memorial find it to be a place of reflection and comfort.
The Morris County September 11th Memorial is on West Hanover Avenue, next to the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., Parsippany.