Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites the public to join them in observing the 14th anniversary of 9/11 at a Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The time of the ceremony has changed for this year. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy.

Morris County's 9/11 Memorial Observance Set for 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13
2014 9/11 Observance
A color guard of police, fire, EMS, and other rescue and emergency teams and personnel from across Morris County will march up West Hanover Avenue to the Memorial.

Vehicles from those first-responder agencies are expected to line the avenue, framing the marchers as they approach the memorial, led by a bagpiper.

The observance will include a special invocation, a lighting of candles, and reading of the names of each of the Morris County victims, plus a 21-gun salute, and keynote remarks.

Elizabeth Schrier, widow of the late Freeholder Jack Schrier, who played a major role in getting Morris County’s 9/11 Memorial constructed, will carry the American flag during the ceremony.

Morris County’s September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all who died in the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, with a special emphasis on the 64 victims from Morris County. The names of the 64 are etched in plaques that are affixed to the Memorial.

Morris County's 9/11 Memorial Observance Set for 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13
Morris County’s September 11th Memorial
The names of all of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day are engraved in ruby-colored paving stones that have been set in the ground as a walkway surrounding the Memorial.

“We have a solemn duty to gather each year on the anniversary of 9/11 and recall each and every person who died on that day, and to specially recall the names and lives of the 64 Morris County residents who tragically perished,’’ said Freeholder Doug Cabana, the longest serving members of the freeholder board.

We want their loved ones and families to know that we will never forget them.’’

Seating at the Memorial is limited, so public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance, which will be held rain or shine. Parking will be available at the Morris County Department of Human Services building at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township, which is located across from the Public Safety Academy. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need to the Memorial.

The freeholders also have invited police and fire departments and rescue squads from across the county to participate by sending one apparatus per department and assembling at 3:30 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany-Troy Hills. From there, a procession will be held to the Sept. 11th Memorial.

More information can be obtained by calling 973-285-6400, 973-829-8120 or 973-829-8200.