By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Over the weekend, Americans all over our great country gathered at memorials and events to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation. We honored the innocent lives lost, along with the fearless display of heroism by first responders and citizens who responded to the unfolding tragedy. In all, nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks that day – they were family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
This weekend I had the honor of attending several ceremonies across Monmouth County with my fellow Freeholders, where we paid respect to the 147 people who died on this tragic day and had called Monmouth County their home. All 147 of these Monmouth County residents will be forever remembered at the County’s 9/11 Memorial at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands. We remember those who died because of what they meant to us personally, but we also remember them because their deaths, as tragic as they were, made us a stronger and more secure nation.
Now 15 years later, we remember those who have left us, but we also remember those in uniform who continue the fight here at home and around the world against those who would do us harm. We gather this week to also recognize the thousands who survived. We remember American freedoms and liberties and reaffirm our commitment to defend freedom against all enemies.
Thank you all. God Bless America.