Dear Fellow Residents,

On Monday, September 11 , at 6pm, Harrison Township comes together for Patriot Day. The commemoration will be held at our 9/11 Memorial located on Main Street. Our memorial displays artifacts from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash site in Western Pennsylvania.

Instead of a perpetual day of mourning, the tragic events of that day energized a national spirit. September 11 is now known as Patriot Day – it symbolizes the courage, strength, and character of America. We honor the 2,977 people lost on September 11, 2001, including the 415 first responders who ran INTO those burning buildings to save innocent victims. Our respect for the men and women who put on a uniform every day should be endless. It is the actions of these Firefighters, Police Officers and those aboard United Flight 93 who’s battle cry, “Let’s Roll”, truly reflect the spirit of Patriot Day.

Many of us have a personal recollection of the moment our country was attacked. Now, more than 20 years later, we have an entire generation of Americans who were not born yet or were too young to have a personal memory of the actual events. For them, September 11, 2001, is like Pearl Harbor… something they read about in history books or watch on TV documentaries. It now falls to us, the parents, and grandparents of this generation to shape the written and visual accounts of this historic episode for them and future generations. Perhaps, bringing the family to this annual Mullica Hill tradition can be part of that process.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor

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