WEST ORANGE, NJ - For the 15th consecutive year, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. invited the public to attend “Essex County Remembers,” a 9/11 ceremony at the Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation Memorial in West Orange dedicated to remembering the importance of the tragic event as well as those who lost their lives in the attacks or bravely served their country that day.
“Our September 11th Memorial is a special place for people to come for solace and comfort because of it’s unique location and its powerful message of peace and hope”, said DiVincenzo.
On Sept. 11 this year, hundreds of people sat and stood in silence as a new flag was raised at the unique location, overlooking New York. A string quartet played as a memorial wreathes and flowers adorned the grounds of the ceremony.
Originally dedicated in 2002, the Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation Memorial was the only memorial to list all 3,000 names of the 9/11 victims. Since then, more components have been added to pay homage to all the men and women, first responders, police officers, firefighters, flight crew members and rescue dogs whose lives came to a devastating end that day.
To name a few: a granite wall with all 3,000 names of the victims; a large, bronze book listing all the names of those lost from Essex County; two bronze replicas of a fireman’s helmet and a policeman’s hat; and seven dogwood trees. In 2009, a monument honoring the 33 flight crew members that were aboard the four planes that crashed was added.
The two latest additions added were a 7400-pound steel and concrete piece from the World Trade Center foundation to recognize Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to Ground Zero and those who provided aid to people coming back into New York from the Hudson River, given in 2011; and in August of 2016, an Essex County Search and Rescue Dog Statue was resolute to all the dogs that had a part in the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the attacks.
Many clergymen from different faiths comforted families and friends of loved ones who perished on a morning not unlike this one.
“We must never forget the importance of this day and remember all those who lost their lives,” said DiVincenzo.