PARSIPPANY, NJ - Morris County will honor the county's 64 victims of 9/11 at a remembrance this Sunday September 8. Residents from all over Morris County are invited to join the 18th Annual Remembrance of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The ceremony will take place at 6pm at the September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue.
Flag bearer, Expedito C. Santillan, father of the late Maria Theresa Santillan of Morris Plains, who perished on 9/11 will lead the procession. Santillan will lead the color guard as well as police, fire, rescue and emergency personnel to the 9/11 memorial.
The observance will include a special invocation, a lighting of candles, reading of the names of each of the Morris County victims, a 21-gun salute, keynote remarks, and music by the Morris Choral Society, Bethel AME Church of Morristown Ensemble, and Police Pipes and Drums of Morris County.
Alison Crowther and Honor Crowther Fagan, the mother and sister of Welles Crowther who gave his life to save others at the World Trade Center on 9/11, will speak at the event. Crowther became known as the “Man in the Red Bandana’’ for the red handkerchief he wore as a protective mask while taking on the role of rescuer. His story has been told in the documentary film, Man in the Red Bandana.
“It is an honor to have the Crowther family at the Morris County 9/11 Remembrance this year,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We gather at the county memorial each year on the anniversary of 9/11 to recall every single one of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were lost to our nation that day, like Welles Crowther, and that includes 64 of our Morris County residents, plus so many police, fire, EMT and other rescue workers.
“We want their families and friends to know their loved ones are not forgotten, that we will never forget their sacrifices,’’ Freeholder Cabana added.
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 – directly across from the Academy. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need the short distance to the Memorial.