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Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


29618787516_1217b10837_cThe Morris County Board of Freeholders would like to thank New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman for participating in Morris County’s 15th anniversary 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Sunday evening to honor the victims, survivors and heroes of September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked our nation and killed nearly 3,000 people.

Also, the board thanks Richard and Loretta Viglione of Parsippany for sharing with the public their very personal story of the death of their brothter, NYPD Firefighter Tommy Sabella, of Ladder Company 13, who along with his comrades entered the World Trade Center on a 9/11 rescue mission that took their lives.

The remembrance ceremony, which was held at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, featured an honor guard of fire, police, EMTs and other first responders, who honored their brethren who bravely and without regard for their safety responded to the 9/11 attacks.


Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen led the crowd who attended the Morris County observance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Sidney Williams of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Morristown gave the invocation. Other participants included the Morris Choral Society, Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County, Morris County School of Technology students Shefali Das and Jordan Bernstein, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and F. Tony Ramirez of Denville American Legion Post #390.

(View more photos of the 9/11 remembrance event)

Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, in her remarks, spoke of the importance of the Sept. 11 day of remembrance:

“September 11th 2001 began with golden sunshine and a blue sky. But, before it ended, it had become one of our nation’s darkest days, when unspeakable acts of terrorism claimed the lives of some 3,000 men and women – husbands and wives – brothers and sisters -mothers and fathers – children -friends and neighbors …


Vincent and Loretta Viglione at 9/11 event

“Thousands of others were injured. Countless lives were forever affected.

“In years that have passed since that September 11th morning, we have come together each year on that date to mourn for the loss of innocent life … to show our support for police, firefighters, EMTS, rescue workers and the many  people who risked their own lives that day to assist others.

“This evening, 15 years later, we assemble again.  Yes, we still mourn those who were so suddenly taken from us, but our goal tonight is to come together – not to reopen wounds – but to show the families of the victims…some of whom are with us this evening… that we have not forgotten.

“By doing so, we repeatedly demonstrate to those who tried to tear this nation apart that we ARE united.


“And we do so tonight in front of this powerful Memorial that includes three steel sections of the World Trade Center that we can touch, 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 … and to specifically recall the 64 residents from Morris County who lost their lives …. Each of whom was most important person on earth to someone … and to let their loved ones know that we will never forget them.”

Thank you.”