MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ— On 911, there is very special annual event that traditionally begins the day for many Monmouth County residents on September 11. It is a special ceremony to remember the 147 lives taken from Monmouth County on 911, and honors all victims of the terror attack. It is held at Mount Mitchill, the 12-acre overlook park, home to Monmouth County's 9/11 Memorial.

The Remembrance Ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. on September 11. All are welcome, parking will be limited and no remote parking will be available.  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.

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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 tragically taken from Monmouth County.  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.

 This year, 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 “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.”

The 9/11 Memorial Timeline walkway represents a three-hour time span of the tragic morning of September 11, 2001. That day, 2973 innocent lives were lost in what is now known as the most devastating attack on American soil. This Memorial commemorates 147 people from Monmouth County who perished as a result of the attack. The day began like any other day.

7:30 a.m. - A beautiful September morning
8:00 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston
8:14 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston
8:21 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington Dulles Airport
8:42 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark
8:46 a.m. - Flight 11 hits the North Tower of the World Trade Center
9:03 a.m. - Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center
9:37 a.m. - Flight 77 hits the Pentagon
9:59 a.m. - South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses
10:06 a.m. - Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, PA
10:10 a.m. - Portion of the Pentagon collapses
10:29 a.m. - North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses

Directions:

  • FROM GARDEN STATE PARKWAY: Exit 117, follow Hwy. 36 East (about 13 miles) to jughandle signs for "Red Bank/Scenic Road." Follow signs to Park.
  • FROM SANDY HOOK/SEA BRIGHT: Hwy. 36 (Ocean Ave) North over Highlands Bridge to Navesink Ave./Scenic Road. Stay to right and follow signs to Park.

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