The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites all residents from across Morris County and neighboring counties to join them in observing the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The ceremony will begin at 6 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.
Alison Crowther and Honor (Crowther) Fagan, the mother and sister of the late Welles Crowther, who gave his life while saving others at the World Trade Center on 9/11, have generously agreed to be the keynote speakers.
Welles Remy Crowther was working on the 104th floor of the South Tower at the World Trade Center when the attacks occurred. The 24-year-old rookie equities trader lost his life that day but not before repeatedly going back into the tower to help to save many others. He was last seen working with members of the FDNY just before the South Tower collapsed.
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, https://www.maninredbandana.com/.
The Westchester County, NY resident is annually honored by his alma mater, Boston College; he posthumously was named an honorary New York City firefighter; and his efforts were cited by President Barack Obama in the 2014 dedication of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, https://www.911memorial.org/museum.
“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 Mr. 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,’’ he added.
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.
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.
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 September 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.
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 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Following a private ceremony for first responders at the Academy, a procession will be held to the September 11th Memorial.
For more information, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/9-11.