Posted Monday, September 14th, 2015

Morris County held it’s 14th annual 9/11 Memorial Observance on Sunday, Sept.13 at the county’s 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany. Families and friends of victims of the terrorist attacks were joined by a host of fire, police and EMS teams, and members of the public to honor those who died.

Elizabeth Schrier, the widow of the late Morris County Freeholder Jack Schrier, carried the American flag to the Memorial, along with an escort of firefighters. Jack Schrier, who died in April, had been instrumental in getting the 9/11 Memorial constructed.

Morris County Holds it's 14th Annual 9/11 Memorial Observance. We Must Never Forget.
Elizabeth Schrier with firefighter escort

The Morris Choral Society and Morris County School of Technology students Shreya Durbha and Shefali Das sang at the event, while Rev. Joseph Ford, assistant pastor at Bethel AME Church in Morristown, gave the invocation.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen led in the Pledge of Allegiance, former Morris County Prosecutor’s Deputy Chief of Investigations and current Novartis Corp. Global Head of Security James Gannon gave the keynote address, and Freeholder Doug Cabana made remarks on behalf of the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

Morris County Holds it's 14th Annual 9/11 Memorial Observance. We Must Never Forget.
Cub Scouts from Pack 228 of Morristown 

Cabana stated:

It is hard to believe that 14 years have passed since that tragic day – a day burned into the minds and hearts of all Americans. One that we will never forget — and should never forget – and make sure that our children and future generations fully understand.”

“We stand today in front of this powerful Memorial, which is comprised of three steel sections of the World Trade Center, pieces of United Flight #93 and soil from the Pentagon.

Here we stand together to remember those innocent men, women and children who died in New York City, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and in Arlington, Virginia.

Morris County Holds it's 14th Annual 9/11 Memorial Observance. We Must Never Forget.
(l/r) Sen. Tony Bucco, Freeholder Doug Cabana, and James Gannon

We come here year after year because every one of the nearly three-thousand innocent people who died on September 11th, 2001, including the 64 individuals from Morris County, was the most important person on earth to someone.

We come here year after year, not to relive the terrible events of that Tuesday morning 14 years ago, but to remember…To remember all of the nearly three-thousand lives that were lost that fateful day…To remember the 64 Morris County residents who were among them…and to let their loved ones know that we will never forget them.”

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