RANDOLPH, NJ- The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites the public to join them in observing the 13th anniversary of 9/11 at a Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from Morris View Healthcare Center.
The observance will include the reading aloud of the names of each of the Morris County victims and keynote remarks from Christopher Rodriguez, the new director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Rodriguez, who was born and raised in Morris County, is a 1995 graduate of Delbarton School in Morris Township. He joined the CIA following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and served in that agency for more than a decade prior to joining the state’s Homeland Security Office.
Morris County’s September 11th Memorial pays tribute to all of those 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 whose names are etched in plaques that are affixed to the 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 continue to gather each year,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo, “not to dwell on the past, but to remember all of the nearly 3,000 lives that were so tragically lost that day. We want their family members and friends who were left behind to know that the lives of their loved ones have not be forgotten.”
Since seating at the Memorial is limited, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance. Parking will be available at the Morris County Department of Human Services building at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need to the Memorial.
The freeholders also invite police and fire departments and rescue squads from across the county to participate by sending one apparatus per department and assembling at 6 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training 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 Public Information Officer Joe Garifo at 973-631-5139, or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.