FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Saying it is ‘vitally important to keep alive the memory of the attack on our nation and the tragic events of September 11, 2001, among the public, particularly our young people and future generations,’ Hunterdon County Sheriff Fred Brown, during remarks at the County’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, called for passage of pending state legislation that will require 9/11 education as part of Student Learning Standards in Social Studies in New Jersey schools.
The legislation, S-713/A-3877, has been approved by the State Senate and is awaiting action by the State Assembly Education Committee.
Sheriff Brown, in a letter to Sheriffs throughout the state, encouraged his law enforcement colleagues to lobby their counties’ State Assembly members to support passage of the bills and, in a separate letter, also called on the six Assembly members representing Hunterdon County to press for action on the legislation.
At the Remembrance Ceremony, the Sheriff, in introducing the event’s guest speaker State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan, said, “Those born in 2001 are 22 years old today, some have graduated from college, others have been in the workforce for a number of years. Those individuals and those born a few years before and those who are even younger have no memory or recollection of the tragic events of 9/11. Fighting against fading memories and revisionist histories is the key reason Hunterdon County holds a 9/11 Remembrance ceremony each year, honoring those whose lives were taken by terrorists, most particularly the sixteen Hunterdon County residents who perished that day.”
The Sheriff said, “We cannot let the memory of 9-11-01 fade. That is why this legislation is necessary and at Hunterdon County’s Remembrance Ceremony the theme is and will always be ‘We will never forget, and no one is forgotten,’” Brown said.