UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders invites members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the Union County September 11th Memorial, Monday, Sept. 11, from the morning hours until 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
Members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office will provide a uniformed Honor Guard standing watch at the memorial from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the public will be able to bring and light candles in memory of those lost in the attacks.
“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 Union County September 11 Memorial honors those lost in the attacks using design elements that include two girders from the World Trade Center arranged within a five sided area representing the Pentagon, and an Eternal Flame representing those who died in Pennsylvania. The Flame also honors members of the Armed Services and emergency responders.
In addition to these elements, the names of the 60 deceased Union County residents are etched into the memorial.
Dedicated on Sept. 13, 2003, the memorial was constructed through private donations including in-kind work by labor unions and materials at cost.
The Freeholder Board worked with residents of Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, Union, and Westfield in planning and building the Memorial. It is located near the Springfield Ave. entrance of Echo Lake Park on the border of Mountainside and Springfield.
For additional information on the Union County September 11th Memorial, visit online at ucnj.org/9-11-memorial.