August 31, 2013 at 6:27 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo has invited the community to the annual "Essex County Remembers," a ceremony commemorating 9/11. The ceremony will be held at Essex County Eagle Rock near the 9/11 memorial, which stands as a solemn testament to tragedy and the loss of lives not only in New York, but Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
“After the attacks, people spontaneously came to Eagle Rock Reservation to view the tragedy unfold at the Twin Towers and leave cards, letters, photos and flowers in an impromptu memorial in honor of their loved ones. I knew immediately that this was the natural location for a memorial because of the public attraction to this site and the unparalleled view of the World Trade Center from the lookout area,” DiVincenzo said. “Our September 11th Memorial is a special place for people to come for solace and comfort because of its unique location and its powerful message of peace and hope,” he noted.
“We must never forget the importance of this day and remember all those who lost their lives. I encourage everyone to take time out of their day to mark the 11th anniversary of September 11th and visit this revered site,” the County Executive said.
A brief program including family members who lost loved ones, along with elected officials and clergy members, will begin at 8:00. Wreaths will be laid at the monument and a new American flag will be raised. A string quartet will remain at the site until 2 pm to play solemn and reverent musical selections.
About the Memorial:
"The Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial was dedicated in October 2002 to pay tribute to the men and women, police officers, firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and aboard the four airplanes that crashed that day. In 2009, the Essex County 9/11 Memorial was expanded to include a monument honoring the 33 flight crew members aboard the four airplanes that crashed. In 2011, a 7,400-pound steel and concrete artifact from the World Trade Center foundation was installed at the site and a bronze plaque was dedicated to honor emergency medical technicians who responded to Ground Zero and those who provided aid to people returning from New York across the Hudson River."