A dozen years later, it still defies comprehension.
The scale of it. The depravity. The wounds that never heal.
Sixty-four of our neighbors in Morris County were taken from us on Sept. 11, 2001.
They were all our neighbors, really, all of the victims who perished on that terrible morning in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
In Morris Plains on Wednesday, fire sirens marked these dark moments:
8:46 a.m. AA Flight 11 impacts World Trade Center North Tower9:03 a.m. UA Flight 175 impacts World Trade Center South Tower9:37 a.m. AA Flight 77 impacts the Pentagon
9:59 a.m. The South Tower collapses
10:03 a.m. UA Flight 93 crashes in a field in Shanksville, PA after passengers launch a courageous counterattack on hijackers aboard the plane.
10:28 a.m. The North Tower collapses
Our lost neighbors also were honored last Sunday, with songs and prayers and candles, at the county’s 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany.
The freeholders were there, along with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11th Dist.), Sheriff Ed Rochford and other dignitaries and clergy, including Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. of Morristown’s Bethel AME Church. The Morris Choral Society sang.
Songs and sirens and prayers and candles cannot explain the incomprehensible. But if they revive memories of good neighbors, however briefly, these gestures are worthwhile.
Our thanks to Carol Spencer for these photos; more can be found here.