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Veteran FDNY firefighter to speak at Morris County 9/11 remembrance ceremony

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites residents from across Morris County to join in  a 19th anniversary observance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation, at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. It will be held rain or shine.

Hanover Township native Greg Manning, a veteran of the New York City Fire Department and 9/11 responder, has generously agreed to be the keynote speaker.

Manning had only been on the job at FDNY for less than two years when the 9/11 attacks occurred. Greg and his brothers at Engine 69/Ladder28/Battalion 16 worked at Ground Zero for several months following the attack.

“We are honored to have Greg Manning join us this year at the county memorial as we recall every single one of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were lost to our nation that day, and that includes 64 of our Morris County residents,” Freeholder Director Deborah Smith said.

“Even as we face COVID-19, we need to move ahead with this ceremony so the families of  9/11 victims know their loved ones are remembered, that we have not forgotten our pledge  to honor their sacrifices,’’ Smith said.

The county event also honors the many police, fire, EMT and other rescue workers who risked their lives to respond on and after 9/11.

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.

Since seating at the Memorial is limited, residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor observance. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and participants are asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing as best as possible during the event.

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 have invited police and fire departments and rescue squads from across the county to participate by sending one apparatus per department and assembling 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.

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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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