The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites residents from all 30 Morris County towns to join in observing the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.
Guest speaker Port Authority police officer Will Jimeno
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer and Chester resident Will Jimeno will be the keynote speaker.
Jimeno, who lives in Chester, survived the World Trade Center attack in 2001 despite being buried in the rubble for 13 hours, along with fellow Port Authority officer Sgt. John McLoughlin, who also survived.
However, they lost 37 PAPD colleagues on 9/11.
The story of the two officers and their colleagues was told in the 2006 Oliver Stone movie, “World Trade Center.’’
The county’s 75-minute ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. It will be held rain or shine.
The county’s 9/11 event will include a march with a color guard up West Hanover Avenue to the Memorial by police, fire, rescue and emergency personnel from across Morris County.
Procession at 2017 9/11 Remembrance
The observance will include a special invocation, a lighting of candles, and reading of the names of each of the Morris County victims, plus a 21-gun salute, and keynote remarks. The flag bearer will be Public Safety Training Cadet Ryan J. Lathrop of Cedar Knolls.
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 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.
Firefighter John Fila making address at the 2017 Remembrance
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 – directly across from the Academy. Shuttle buses will be available to transport those in need the short distance 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 3:45 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave., in Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Following a private ceremony for first responders at the Academy, a procession will be held to the Sept. 11th Memorial.
For more information, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/9-11/