UNION COUNTY, NJ—The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all community members to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents who perished in the attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Union County September 11 Memorial is located at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
Residents may bring and light candles in memory of those who were lost during the attacks. A uniformed Honor Guard will be provided by the Union County Sherriff’s Office and will stand watch over the memorial from 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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“On this date, we honor those who perished in the attacks and remember the many acts of bravery that occurred that day,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The County memorial provides a location that allows for peace and reflection that gives us strength and inspiration.”
The memorial’s design is unique and encompasses elements that honor all those who died in the attack.
Incorporated in the design are two girders from the World Trade Center, a five sided area that represents the Pentagon, and an Eternal Flame that represents those who perished in Pennsylvania and also represents the first-responders that were lost.
The memorial also has etched into it the names of all of the 60 residents of Union County that were lost.
Private donations, in-kind work by labor unions and receiving construction materials at cost helped get the memorial built. It was then dedicated on September, 13, 2003.
The Freeholder Board worked with residents of Elizabeth, Cranford, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, Union and Westfield in planning and building the Memorial.
It is located near the Springfield Avenue entrance of Echo Lake Park.