ROXBURY, N.J. - A contingent representing Roxbury's fire, police and emergency medical personnel will join hundreds of their colleagues today at a 9/11 memorial service to which the public is invited.
Roxbury's first responders will be among the many assembling at 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, the starting point for a procession that will end at the county's 9/11 Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, said Roxbury firefighter and former EMS captain Carl Bonafede.
The main ceremony, at the Memorial, will begin at 6 p.m.
Bonafede, who is also president of the Morris County EMS Alliance, noted that many Roxbury first responders rushed to Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001 to help the search for survivors and victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
“It is vitally important to gather each year on the anniversary of 9/11 to recall every single one of the nearly 3,000 people who were tragically lost to us on that day, including 64 of our Morris County residents,” said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, a Roxbury resident, in a statement. “Their families and friends should know that the lives of their loved ones will never be forgotten. So, we ask all elected officials and county residents to join us on 9/11.”
Lt. Gov. Kin Guadagno and U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman will be among the officials speaking at the ceremony. The observance will include the Pledge of Allegiance led by U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a special invocation, a lighting of candles, a reading of the names of the 64 people from Morris County who died from the attacks and a 21-gun salute, according to Morris County spokesman Larry Ragonese
“We have an obligation to remember what happened on that tragic day, to recall the lives lost and the long-lasting impact on the families, friends, colleagues, and our nation as a result of these terrorist attacks,’’ said Deputy Morris County Freeholder Director Hank Lyon “With that pain comes lessons learned, which we can never forget.’’
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 – across from the Academy. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need to the Memorial, said Ragonese.
Forecasters are predicting a slight chance of thunderstorms for later today, but the ceremony will take place rain or shine. More information, including the full program, can be found at http://morriscountynj.gov/9-11/.