WAYNE, NJ - The Passaic County 9/11 Memorial sits just outside the entrance to the Passaic County Public Safety Academy in Wayne. It’s made of a piece of broken steel from one of the towers of the World Trade Center and serves as a place of honor for the citizens of Passaic who lost their lives that terrible day.

“It was a traumatic event on 9/11, and when we stand here today, it brings us all back to that time and place where so many people lost their lives and so many people gave up their lives to help others,” said Deputy Director of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Sandi Lazarra as she addressed the small crowd who attended the memorial. “And, when you do the right thing, you’re never alone.”

Lazarra opened the ceremony by introducing Pastor John Gibbons from the Shilo AME Zion church who gave a moving invocation. Freeholder Terry Duffy followed with the flag salute and then Freeholders Lazarra, Duffy, Theodore Best, Jr., Bruce James, and Pat Lepore read aloud the names of the Passaic County residents who died in the attacks.

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“Thank you all for coming,” said James. “Less and less people come every year, but that’s understandable. For us, this is hallowed ground. It’s a holy site.”

After the short ceremony, those in attendance came to the memorial and the wreath and prayed for their lost brethren.