Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

The Morris County Board of Freeholders joins today with all residents of Morris County to remember the events  of September 11, 2001, and to ensure the families of the victims of 9/11 that we will not forget their sacrifices.

9/11: We Will Not Forget

Port Authority Police Officer Will Jimeno, who was pulled from the rubble, was the keynote speaker at Morris County’s annual 9/11 Rembrance. At right is Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

The county held its annual 9/11 Remembrance on Sunday evening at the Morris County September 11th Memorial in Parsippany. View photos from the event. The following are the remarks made by Freeholder Director Doug Cabana:

September 11, 2001 was a beautiful late summer Tuesday that began with golden sunshine and a clear blue sky.

But, before it ended, the day now known simply as 9/11 had become one of our nation’s darkest days.

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.

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

9/11: We Will Not ForgetIn 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, 17 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.

9/11: We Will Not ForgetAnd 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.

It is a Memorial that evokes symbolism in an attempt to help ease the pain that lingers 17 years later.

The concrete blocks at the base of the steel signify our foundations – the things that are truly important in our lives –our family, our faith, our relationships, and our community

The water surrounding the Memorial is a symbol of healing and rebirth, and the recurring circular forms we see throughout the Memorial represent the continuance of life.

9/11: We Will Not ForgetThere are other, more evident symbols that call out to us from this Memorial. The plaques around its circular base are inscribed with the names of the 64 Morris County residents who lost their lives 17 years ago.

The ruby-colored brick pavers that have been placed around the outside of the Memorial to honor the memory of all who were lost on September 11, 2001.

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 … each of whom was the most important person on earth to someone

As time passes, it is easy to start forgetting … to let time heal our wounds.

9/11: We Will Not ForgetSeventeen years later, there are young people starting their senior years in high school who may not have been born when the 9/11 attacks occurred.

To them, what happened on September 11, 2001 could be just another lesson learned in a history course. But we intend NOT to let that happen.

We gather here this evening to as a vivid reminder of the importance of occurred 17 years ago … and to remember those who perished and their loved ones, and to let them know that WE WILL NEVER FORGET.”