'Essex County Remembers' 9/11 at Eagle Rock Reservation Wednesday
“We must never forget the importance of this day and remember all those who lost their lives," said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. inviting residents to Wednesday's ceremony in West Orange.
In remembrance of 9/11, Essex County has scheduled a solemn ceremony Wednesday morning to honor those who lost their lives in the tragic events, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced.
The ceremony, Essex County Remembers, will begin at 8 a.m. at the September 11th Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange with a brief program with family members who lost a loved one in the tragedies, elected officials and clergy members from diverse religious faiths.
Memorial wreaths will be laid at the monument and a new American flag will be raised. A string quartet will perform reverent selections of music at the memorial site after the ceremony until 2 p.m.
“We must never forget the importance of this day and remember all those who lost their lives," said DiVincenzo. "I encourage everyone to take time out of their day to mark the 11th anniversary of September 11th and visit this revered site.”
Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of tragedies in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
The Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial was dedicated in October 2002, just over a year after the attacks. Its many elements pay tribute to the men and women, police officers, firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and aboard the four airplanes that crashed that day.
It was the only 9/11 memorial to list all 3,000 victims’ names until 2011 when the World Trade Center Memorial was dedicated.
“After the attacks, people spontaneously came to Eagle Rock Reservation to view the tragedy unfold at the Twin Towers and leave cards, letters, photos and flowers in an impromptu memorial in honor of their loved ones. I knew immediately that this was the natural location for a memorial because of the public attraction to this site and the unparalleled view of the World Trade Center from the lookout area,” DiVincenzo said.
He added, “Our September 11th Memorial is a special place for people to come for solace and comfort because of its unique location and its powerful message of peace and hope,”