ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — A "Tribute in Lights” will be visible from Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands for three nights, beginning on Friday, September 11, in remembrance of the tragic events that shook the nation 19 years ago.

From sunset to 11 p.m. on each night — September 11, 12 and 13 — the lights will be illuminated on the 266-foot overlook, which provides panoramic views of Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Bay, Raritan Bay and the New York City skyline.

The 12-acre overlook park is also home to Monmouth County's 9/11 Memorial, where its 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony took place on September 11.

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The “Tribute in Lights” is being sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders in honor of the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terror attacks and the fearless display of heroism by countless rescue teams and citizens who responded to the tragedy.

For days and weeks afterward, people visited Mount Mitchill to reflect and particularly pay tribute to the 147 people from Monmouth County who perished in the attacks.

“Whether at an organized ceremony or privately, everyone should be granted the opportunity to honor and remember the tragic events that occurred on 9/11,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Park System. “Now 19 years later, we remember those who died and recognize the thousands who survived. We remember American freedoms and liberties, and we reaffirm our commitment to defend freedom against all enemies.”

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said the board felt it was incredibly important to sponsor these tribute lights to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the tragic attacks that occurred on 9/11.

“For the families of those lost and to those who are still fighting illnesses stemming from the cleanup, please know Monmouth County will never forget,” he said. “We especially remember the 147 men and women who called our county home.”

Establishing a 9/11 memorial at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook began in 2002 when the Monmouth County 9/11 Committee was formed and began planning for a fitting tribute to the victims, heroes and events of September 11.

The committee then embarked on a major fundraising effort to finance the memorial. By midsummer 2005, the group exceeded its goal by raising $296,000. Continued donations supports the upkeep and maintenance of the memorial.

The memorial site features a path chronicling the 9/11 events that leads to the monument itself. A table of black granite lists the names, ages and towns of those 147 individuals who were lost. At the center, a light stone sculpture by local artist Franco Minervini of an eagle “ascends to a better world.” The eagle has in its grasp a beam from the World Trade Center.

From the Garden State Parkway, the memorial can be reached by taking Exit 117, following Route 36 east for about 13 miles to the jughandle for “Red Bank/Scenic Road. Follow the signs to the park. From Sandy Hook. Sea Bright, take Route 36 (Ocean Avenue) north over Highlands Bridge to Navesink Avenue/Scenic Road. Stay right and follow signs to the park.

Click here for the Monmouth County's 9/11 Memorial website.

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