It has been 10 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This year, the of Chosen Freeholders had a new memorial to display during the annual ceremony. A piece of the steel from the World Trade Center was donated to Ocean County and unveiled at this morning's ceremony.
from Toms River, as well as police, EMS, the Ocean County Clerks office, public works, and Dr. Jon Larsen from Ocean County College were in attendance for today's ceremony as were many members of the public coming to observe the anniversary.
The event began with the singing of the National Anthem by the Ocean County Vocational School of Arts chorus. Freeholder Joe Vicari then gave a speech remembering those that were lost, as well as the dedication of the new memorial.
"On a day just like today, 3,000 Americans went to work and never came home. We want the families to know we are here for them. We are a part of their lives." Vicari said of the victims' families.
Reverend Dave Joynt of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River was invited to speak about the victims.
""We remember those lost in Pennsylvania, New York and Washington DC who were murdered not because of something they did, but because they were American." Joynt said. "We remember them with hope."
Marlene Ford, Ocean County Prosecutor, said that after the attacks "New Jersey's view of the New York skyline was forever impared. It was an amputation of the landscape."
"I dont think today should be a holiday because when were attacked, it was on a work day. They waited until after Labor Day and after the summer had ended and attacked us as we were getting back into the swing of things. Now, when you go to work and give 100 percent, you are defying terrorism." Ford said.
Deputy Director of Chosen Freeholders Gerry Little was then asked to come up and speak, remembering those who are fighting for our freedom as well as those who have been lost since Sept. 11.
"I want to thank those who are here today wearing the uniform. We thank you for your service." Little said as he spoke to the crowd.
Little then read off the names of the members of the military that are no longer with us.
Army Spq. Christopher M. Duffy, 26, of Brick Twp.
Marine Sgt. Alan Sherman, 36, of Brick Twp.
Marine Pfc. Vincent M. Frassetto, 21, of Toms River.
Marine Maj. James M. Weis, 37, of Toms River.
Navy Seal Denis Miranda, 24, of Toms River.
Marine Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, 30, of Toms River.
Army Cpl. Kareem R. Kahn, 20, of Stafford Twp.
Army Cpl. Luigi Marciante Jr, 25, of Brick Twp.
Army Spec. Carlos J. Negron, 40, of Lakewood.
Army Sgt. James W. Harvey II, 23, of Toms River.
Marine Cpl. Nicholas S. Ott, 23, of Manchester.
The ceremony concluded with the laying of the wreaths, as Christopher Duffy's father and Luigi Marciante's parents assisted Freeholder Little.
Pastor Jim Jacobs of the Holy Trinity Church lead the closing sermon.