WEST ORANGE, NJ — The public is invited to attend “Essex County Remembers,” a solemn ceremony at the Eagle Rock Sept. 11 Memorial that will mark the 17th anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The annual ceremony will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange.
“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,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said. “Our Sept. 11 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. We must never forget the importance of this day and remember all those who lost their lives. I encourage everyone to take time out of their day to mark the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11 and visit this revered site.”
The brief program will include family members who lost a loved one in the tragedies, elected officials and clergy members from various 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.