What do you remember about 9/11?

Memorial at Ginty Field bears the names of Morris Township residents lost on 9/11. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


What do you remember from Sept. 11, 2001?

Where were you?  What did you experience?  What did you learn?

Here’s what others from our area had to say. We interviewed them at Sunday’s Tunnel to Towers Never Forget event in Morristown, and at last month’s Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison:

Video: Thoughts that linger, lessons learned, from 9/11:

Please share your 9/11 story. Post your comment on this story, drop us an email, or leave a voice message at 973-944-0530. Tell us a little about yourself–where you’re from, and what you remember.  If we get enough voice messages, we may include them in a future episode of The Morristown Green Podcast.

How do you compare 9/11 with other momentous events in your lifetime?

If you were born after 9/11, what impact do you think those attacks have had upon your generation? How has it shaped your future?

Here are upcoming 9/11 services in our area:

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021:

Ceremony at Morris Plains Memorial Park, 10 a.m., corner of Routes 53 and 202. Guest speaker: Capt. Richard Thornton.

Saturday, Sept. 11:

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown will toll its 49-bell carillon at  8:46 am, 9:03 am, 9:37 am and 10:03 am — marking the times when the Twin Towers were struck, and when they fell. A prayer service will follow on the Great Lawn at 11:15 AM, with a carillon memorial concert by Lisa Lonie at 11:30 am.


Madison will host a ceremony at 8:45 am at the 9/11 Memorial on Condurso Way. A bugler will play, the Hartley Dodge Memorial Horn will be blown for each of the four airlines lost, clergy will offer prayers and town officials will speak. Names of six Madison residents who perished will be read aloud. Then, bagpipers will lead volunteers carrying an American flag down Kings Road to the public safety complex.


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Morris Township is staging a candlelight memorial, 6:30 pm, 100 Harter Road. It’s an indoor ceremony, with masking and social distancing. All are welcome.

Sunday, Sept. 12:

Ceremony at Morris County 9/11 Memorial Park, 6 pm, West Hanover Road, Parsippany. New York Firefighter Rebecca Asaro will remember her dad, a fireman killed on 9/11.

the morris county memorial to 9/11
The Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Video: ‘Never Forget’ walk, Morristown, Labor Day Weekend 2021:

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  1. I just arrived at my workplace in Park Ave., NYC on the 34th flr. when a few co- workers shouted, ” the Twin Towers are being attacked” and as we grouped together, we saw the 2nd plane flew thru the bldg. The radio in the trading room announced that NYC was closed.. I didn’t have my breakfast n lunch and around 1pm, we were sent home. I was glad ,I had flat shoes at work since we went down 34 floors. .I went to Jersey City to my daughter’s place and it’s good that my male officemate ( may he RIP) was from JC too, otherwise, I would have been lost and I was scared to go back to my Queen’s apt. .That was trek to hell walking ash-shrouded avenues n streets while people scurried everywhere. .We were able to take the ferry and arrived at JC after 4 pm where my daughter/ husband picked me up. I
    didn’t feel any emotion n didn’ t feel tired after the very long walk… I didn’t go to work n my apt.till the following Tuesday ..For months, I couldn’t watch the news
    without sobbing even if I didn’ t know any of the victims. .I have never been to that site since this horrific event . May the victims including the responders who died RIP..

  2. Hi Kevin: Responding to your invitation…. I was just beginning my tenure as dean of Rutgers’ Douglass College when the twin towers were attacked. The mother of one of my students, a stewardess on the plane that went down in the field, died; some students were interning in the twin towers and it wasn’t clear for awhile who had survived—they all did; still others, on campus, traumatized, gathered together to simply gain strength from one another and, for some, to pray; others went home; still others, with parents who worked in the World Trade Center, waited for word…..I opened my home to those who needed a place to stay…. We tried to cope, together. Days later, another student went with her search dog to help the work at the site. On campus, we held vigils; raised funds for the surviving families; provided forums for discussion as any academic institution should and kept places open and secure for students to stay together so we could hold on together.