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Jersey's 9/11 Memorials

Throughout the state, different ways to preserve the memory of the Twin Towers tragedy.

Posted August 17, 2011 by Lisa Fields

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Here is a list of selected 9/11 memorials in New Jersey. (Listed by county, where information was available.)

 

Bergen County

* Allendale's memorial was designed by two local residents: a college student and a sixth grader. It has a 5-foot by 4-foot granite marker with the words “We Remember,” with a bronze American flag draped over one side, with a bronze eagle on top. It sits on pavers shaped like a pentagon. The town lost one resident.

* Bergenfield has a steel beam from Ground Zero, a stone marker and five trees dedicated to the five town residents who died on 9/11.

* Closter has a 10-foot black granite monument with a black granite archway leading to the memorial site, which has four benches. A hole was drilled through the foot-thick granite monument at such an angle so the sun shines through the hole and onto a piece of the World Trade Center that was recovered at Ground Zero at exactly 8:47 a.m. on September 11th each year, which is when the attacks began.

* Demarest has a memorial site dedicated to all of the 9/11 victims, including one town resident, near the town's duck pond. There are two short granite towers that are reminiscent of the Twin Towers, as well as benches and other markers.

* Dumont has a steel beam from Ground Zero in its memorial.

* East Rutherford has a black granite memorial honoring victims of 9/11.

* Edgewater has a memorial plaque in one of its parks that shows the New York City skyline with the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and references Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed.

* Englewood has a plaque on a rock near the town's library.

* Franklin Lakes has a six-foot stone slab carved with the names of three residents who died on 9/11, as well as one town resident who died on hijacked Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

* Garfield has a 9/11 Port Authority Police Memorial, with a beam recovered from Ground Zero and a plaque.

* Glen Rock's memorial is dedicated to 11 residents who died on 9/11. It has a tall, black granite and marble abstract monument in the center of a black granite circular bench engraved with the names of  victims who lived in the town. It also has a girder from Ground Zero.

* Hasbrouck Heights has a large plaque attached to a tall boulder, with images of the Twin Towers on it.

* Harrington Park has a garden memorial with black granite plaques set into a circular wall, honoring four town residents who died on 9/11.

* Ho-Ho-Kus has a small stone memorial near its municipal center.

* Leonia is home to Bergen County's 9/11 memorial, which honors the 147 county residents who died that day. The large granite wall is engraved with all 147 names, and surrounded by flowers and a walkway. The town also has a plaque near the town tennis courts that's dedicated to one victim of 9/11 who played high school tennis and later coached tennis in the town. And there are model Twin Towers erected by the town soccer fields.

* Lodi has a memorial at the high school, where two small stone markers at the base of a flagpole honor the two graduates from Lodi High School who died on 9/11.

* Lyndhurst has a unique memorial within the Meadowlands wetlands, directly across the Hudson River from where the Twin Towers used to stand. There are two identical piers jutting out into the water, each with 110 wood slats, to symbolize the towers' 110 floors. There's also a large, full-color plaque dedicating the site to the victims, as well as a sculpture depicting the Manhattan skyline before the tragedy.

* Maywood has a memorial in its Memorial Park.

* North Arlington has a small model of the Twin Towers atop a granite memorial marker.

* Oradell has a memorial on the grounds of Bergen Catholic High School honoring a graduate who died on 9/11.

* Paramus has four memorials, including a 4-foot high stone memorial at Garden State Plaza, the state's largest mall; waist-high walls with the names of all of the 9/11 victims, surrounded by benches, at the Bergen Regional Medical Center; a memorial with beams recovered from Ground Zero at a sports complex; and a memorial grove within a park that has plaques honoring local victims.

* Park Ridge has a monument at its train station.

* Ramsey has a small memorial at a prep school in town.

* Ridgewood has a plaque on a boulder in a park in the middle of downtown.

* River Edge has a memorial garden with a plaque beneath a tree surrounded by a circular path with benches by the town library.

* River Vale has a memorial in town between the library and Memorial Plaza. A piece of Twin Towers steel is to be incorporated in the memorial in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

* Rutherford has a memorial across the street from the municipal center and library, which incorporates a steel beam from the Twin Towers.

* Saddle Brook has a memorial that includes a time capsule with information about the events of 9/11.

* Teaneck has a plaque attached to a brick wall honoring the eight town residents who died on 9/11.

* Tenafly has a plaque dedicated to local residents who died on 9/11 in its Peace Plaza.

* Upper Saddle River has a plaque on a gazebo at its Reflection Pond honoring the town's four residents who died on 9/11.

* Washington Township has a plaque on a stone in its Veterans Square, honoring a town resident who died on 9/11.

* Westwood has a “living memorial” with a Japanese maple tree amid black granite boulders engraved with sandblast photos and family-written lettering of the four town residents who died on 9/11. The walkway leading up to and around the circular memorial is a red, white and blue paver sidewalk designed to look like a unity ribbon.

* Wyckoff has a memorial outside of its firehouse honoring one of the firefighters who died when the towers fell on 9/11. There's a bronze statue of a kneeling fireman, a reflection pond surrounding an eternal flame and a granite wall engraved with a carving of the firefighter's fire gear.

 

Camden County

* Merchantville is home to the county's memorial, with stone pillars arranged in a circle, slightly reminiscent of Stonehenge. Each pillar contains information about the 9/11 attacks. The center of the memorial has a circular bench, so people can sit and read the plaques.

* Pennsauken Township has a monument dedicated to the innocents, meaning all victims of terrorism, including the victims of 9/11. Against the backdrop of a 30-foot black granite wall, there are larger-than-life statues of a victim surrounded by a police officer, firefighter, EMT and police dog, surrounded by large words at the foot of the monument like “hope” and “bravery.”

 

Essex County

* Bloomfield has a plaque dedicated to three town residents who were killed on 9/11. It sits at the foot of a flagpole in a town park.

* East Newark has a granite marker with an image of the Twin Towers at its borough hall.

* Glen Ridge has a tree and stone memorial at the town's high school.

* Livingston has a garden memorial honoring the seven residents who died on 9/11. The garden is shaped like an octagon; one side for each resident, and the final side representing all other victims. The center of the memorial has a sundial made of steel recovered from Ground Zero, and a vault beneath the sundial contains soil from Ground Zero.

* Montclair has a memorial at the town high school with a bent steel beam recovered from Ground Zero.

* Nutley has a plaque and small piece of steel beam amid a small garden, honoring residents who died.

* West Orange has the county's memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation, which has a distant view of the former World Trade Center. The memorial has a granite wall engraved with all of the 3,000-plus victims' names, as well as a bronze statue of a book engraved with the names of the 59 Essex County residents who died. There's a soaring eagle sculpture high atop the monument, a sculpted fireman's helmet and a statue of a young girl clutching a teddy bear.  

* West Orange also has a memorial overlooking its local performing arts center, which honors the fallen Port Authority Police. It incorporates a steel beam from Ground Zero, two 35-foot flagpoles that represent the Twin Towers and a plaque with the names of the Port Authority officers who lost their lives on 9/11. There's also a plaque at Seton Hall Prep, which honors eight alumni who died.

 

Gloucester County

* Mantua Township has a memorial in a park called A Place of Reflection that has a damaged steel beam from Ground Zero (with a hole ripped through it) as the centerpiece to a circular area with plaques and benches. The memorial honors the three town residents who died on 9/11.

 

Hudson County

* Bayonne has a large monument that Russia gave the city as a gift. The monument, called “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,” is a 100-foot-tall rectangular bronze block with a giant fissure in the middle that gives the impression that the block is resembles the Twin Towers. A teardrop hangs down from the top of the fissure, in memory of the victims. The names of all of the victims of 9/11, as well as the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, are engraved on plaques on the monument.

* Harrison has a memorial with several bent steel beams recovered from Ground Zero arranged in an area near the town's municipal buildings.

* Hoboken dedicated a grove of trees in a waterfront park to the victims of 9/11. The park is one mile across the river from the site of the former World Trade Center.

* Jersey City has a statue in its business district to honor the recovery workers who worked at Ground Zero for many months after the attacks. It depicts a lone ironworker standing amid the rubble.

 

Hunterdon County

* Lebanon Township has a memorial within a town park named after the single town resident who died on 9/11. His friend and neighbor began raising funds and rallied for the project to become a reality. The memorial is intended to be a quiet place of reflection. It has a large area of pavers within a tree-lined park, an 8-foot plaque with pictures of the Twin Towers and a steel beam recovered from Ground Zero.

 

Mercer County

* Hamilton has a memorial in front of the town's fire department with a steel beam recovered from Ground Zero. There's also a garden with large plaques mounted on brick walls in its Veterans Park.

* Princeton has a memorial garden with benches that are surrounded by lush greenery, dedicated to the memory of the 13 Princeton University alumni who were killed on 9/11.

* West Windsor has a memorial with two reflecting pools, a waterfall, a bridge going across the top, benches and attractive vegetation to commemorate the town’s residents who died in 9/11.

* West Windsor also has a memorial bench dedicated to the victims of 9/11 on the campus of Mercer County Community College.

 

Middlesex County

* Cartaret has a garden monument within a town park, with plaques dedicated to the three residents who died on 9/11. There are three evergreen trees planted at the memorial in their honor.

* Cranbury is the site of the post office building dedicated to Todd Beamer, a victim of Flight 93 who became famous for the phrase “Let's roll.” He lived in Cranbury. There's a plaque on the front of the post office.

* Dunellen has a bench at its train station dedicated to a victim from a neighboring town who caught the train to New York here.

* East Brunswick has a memorial within a circular walkway lined with benches in a park. The focal point is black granite Twin Towers engraved with parts of fluttering flags. Flowers grow around the feet of the towers and the edge of the circle.

* Edison has a memorial with benches within its municipal complex. It has black granite Twin Towers which rise above a fountain, with an American flag flying in the rear. There are plaques honoring the 11 town residents who died. The town also has a butterfly garden at an elementary school that was dedicated to a victim who attended the school and whose mother taught there.

* Metuchen has a memorial near the train station honoring the New Jersey residents who died on 9/11. Plaques on a brick wall name all of the state's victims, with stars next to the names of Metuchen and Edison residents. A clock tower stands at the site.

* Monroe Township has a memorial set on a pentagon-shaped area, with nine black panels (representing a “9”) and two black sidewalks (representing an “11”). The memorial was designed by local artist Blaise Batko, who designed a number of 9/11 memorials in the area. There's also a tree and a bench on the grounds of the high school dedicated to a graduate who died.

* Old Bridge has a memorial dedicated to the town's 13 residents who died on 9/11. It's a garden and monument, with two 7-foot black granite Twin Towers standing within an area shaped like two hands embracing the monument.

* Plainsboro has a memorial built with private funds to honor the four town residents who died on 9/11. It's a circular area with benches; plaques name each resident.

* Sayreville/South Amboy is the location for the county's 9/11 memorial at Waterfront Park, which has a bronze eagle. There's another memorial within the town that's a replica of the Twin Towers, with a black granite panel between them engraved with the names of four town residents who died on 9/11.

* South River has a memorial dedicated to its sole resident who died on 9/11. It overlooks a pond in a park, and it has metal outlines of two Twin Towers that alternate with three black granite engraved panels to give the impression of a New York City skyline. There are benches and an American flag at the site.

* Woodbridge has a memorial outside its town hall honoring the victims of 9/11. It's a black granite panel engraved with the image of an American flag, with kneeling firefighters and a winged angel shown from the rear. It names the town's nine residents who died during the attacks.

 

Monmouth County

* Atlantic Highlands is home to the county's memorial, which honors the 147 residents who died on 9/11. It's on the highest waterfront point on the East Coast (266 feet above sea level) overlooking the New York City skyline, with a large eagle sculpture grasping a steel beam from the site. The eagle sits atop a granite table carved with residents' names.

* Brielle has a joint memorial with adjoining Point Pleasant. A bridge connecting the towns (and also Monmouth and Ocean Counties) was rededicated as the September 11 Memorial Bridge, with markers and plaques with commemorative information.

* Colts Neck has a memorial garden honoring five town residents who were killed on 9/11. There are five benches arranged in a circle bearing the names of the five victims. The middle of the memorial is a  metal sculpture of butterflies landing on a rose bush.

* Fair Haven has a garden memorial with benches, trees and an oversized urn as a centerpiece, which is filled with seasonal plants and flowers.

* Freehold has a memorial in its arboretum, dedicating the trees there to the victims of 9/11.

* Hazlet has a large black granite tower with sandblasted photographs of the town's residents who were killed, as well as an American flag. They also renamed a local Pop Warner football field after a resident who died.

* Highlands has what's known as the Memoria Project, two 13-foot white marble towers that look like the Twin Towers. Parts of both towers are carved away, revealing male and female torsos.

* Holmdel has a circular garden memorial with a granite table as its centerpiece, with two hands reaching out of it toward the heavens.

* Howell has a memorial at its municipal center that incorporates a piece of the World Trade Center. There's also a memorial at the firehouse, and there's a small garden memorial on the grounds of the high school, with miniature Twin Towers.

* Keansburg has a memorial at the beach commemorating victims. There's a concrete pentagon, a flag at halfmast, plaques and benches.

* Manalapan has set aside part of their local arboretum to honor the 11 residents who died on 9/11. They also have model Twin Towers rising out of a black granite pentagon at their municipal center, with a plaque honoring the 10 town residents who were killed on 9/11.

* Matawan has a stone monument outside of a local church commemorating the victims of 9/11. A cross is the centerpiece, with the New York City skyline, including the Twin Towers, depicted below.

* Middletown has a garden path near its train station that commemorates the 37 residents who died on 9/11. There's a black granite archway at the entrance to the memorial and many black granite markers, interspersed with benches, along the path to a garden.

* Oceanport has a marble monument in a town park, honoring the victims of 9/11.

* Rumson has a nature preserve dedicated to the victims of 9/11.

* Shrewsbury has a white gazebo by its municipal buildings that's dedicated to the victims of 9/11. A small statue and plaque with images of the Twin Towers on it stand before the gazebo.

* Spring Lake has an oceanfront memorial honoring town residents who died in the World Trade Center and on Flight 93. There are plaques, benches and a flag at halfmast with a special black banner flying beneath the American flag for 9/11 victims.

* Tinton Falls has an 8-foot replica of the Twin Towers outside of its firehouse. It was constructed by a volunteer firefighter with painstaking detail, taking him over a month to complete. There are, for example, over 40,000 drill holes to represent the building's windows, and light emanates from inside.

 

Morris County

* Chatham has two memorials. One is a memorial outside its fire department; it incorporates steel from the site into a sculpture of a circle surrounding a tower and a depiction of the planet Earth, plus a plaque. Another is a memorial outside the library; it consists of two steel beams recovered from Ground Zero standing parallel, as though Twin Towers, surrounded by a garden, plaques and benches.

* Lincoln Park has a granite marker across from the train station honoring the three residents who were killed on 9/11.

* Madison has a memorial with a 2-foot steel piece recovered from Ground Zero. There are plaques honoring the six town residents who died.

* New Vernon has a stone marker honoring four town residents who died, with metal sculpted busts of the four men above a plaque. A school in town also renamed its gymnasium after a graduate who was killed on 9/11.

* Parsippany is home to the county's 9/11 memorial. It honors the county's 64 residents who died during the attacks; their names are engraved around the base of the memorial. The names of all 3,000-plus victims are engraved in the walkway surrounding the memorial. It was built from three beams recovered from Ground Zero, a piece of Flight 93 recovered from the wreckage and soil from the Pentagon. The monument is surrounded by water, to symbolize healing and rebirth. Flowers bloom between the different components of the monument, to represent hope for the future.

* Randolph has a memorial commemorating 9/11 in its Freedom Park, dedicated to four residents who were killed.

* Roxbury has a plaque remembering the victims.

* Stirling has a Tower of Remembrance made up of 20-foot steel segments from the North Tower and has bells from a seminary in Virginia. The bells ring every 46 minutes from 8:46 a.m. to 8:46 p.m. to remember the events of 9/11. The names of all of the victims at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 are inscribed on the monument.

 

Ocean County

* Berkeley Township has a three-panel, black granite memorial in one of its parks, dedicated to the victims of all three sites of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The two shorter panels depict the Pentagon and Flight 93, and the taller, central panel depicts the Twin Towers.

* Brick Township has a bronze statue showing a weeping angel bent over the Twin Towers. It was designed by local resident Brian Hanlon, who designed numerous 9/11 memorials throughout the state. The memorial has the names of the eight town victims of 9/11 on it.

* Jackson has a gazebo memorial near its municipal buildings honoring its sole resident who died during the 9/11 attacks. Plaques honor the resident's memory, as well as the rescue workers who died in the line of duty.

* Lavalette has a memorial on its boardwalk, which they call a Tribute by the Sea. It's a plaque at the base of a flagpole, flanked by benches.

* Seaside Heights has a garden memorial with a clock tower and benches in front of Borough Hall that honors the victims of 9/11.

* Toms River hosts the county's 9/11 memorial outside the government buildings. It's a black marble monolith with images of a flag waving over the Twin Towers.

 

Passaic County

* Hawthorne has plaques commemorating the event and honoring a local resident who was killed on 9/11, in front of its municipal offices.

* Paterson has a garden and park dedicated to the victims of 9/11.

* Totowa has a black granite memorial dedicated to all victims of 9/11 at the entrance to its Laurel Grove Cemetery.

 

Somerset County

* Basking Ridge has a memorial made of steel recovered from Ground Zero. It's a circular area of pavers within a garden setting, with benches for reflection.

* Bernards Township has three memorials honoring the 25 residents who died on 9/11. One is a cross made of steel from Ground Zero, which is located in a local church. There's also a plaque attached to a boulder next to a tree that was planted in honor of the victims.

* Bridgewater has two memorials, including one large bronze plaque attached to a boulder with images of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and an American flag representing Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It lists the names of six town residents who were killed.

* Green Brook has a garden memorial with a steel beam recovered from Ground Zero as its centerpiece. The steel beam was melted and mangled during the attacks, and it was placed standing upright, so it resembles a person standing and reaching his arms toward the heavens. The beam was left unfinished to rust, so that when it rains, it leaves rust-colored “tears” on the pavers below. The memorial also has plaques listing the victims' names, and there are flags and benches.

* Somerville is home to the county's memorial, which has a large clock tower made with steel beams from Ground Zero, is located at a busy downtown intersection that says “Time to Remember” beneath the face of the clock on all four sides, in addition to small plaques commemorating the event. The steel beams were obtained by the county surrogate, who volunteered at Ground Zero during the recovery period. Thirty-nine county residents died on 9/11.

 

Union County

* Berkeley Heights has a plaque honoring town residents who died.

* Cranford has a large white marble memorial in one of its parks to commemorate the victims of 9/11. It has six columns, to honor the six residents who died on 9/11.

* Kenilworth has a plaque in front of its municipal building commemorating the two town residents who were killed on 9/11.

* New Providence has an 8-foot square black granite memorial in the middle of one of its parks, which was a gift from the residents of Flower Mound, Texas. The memorial depicts the United States with a flag design, and the message highlights unity after the disaster.

* Roosevelt Park has a memorial in front of its firehouse.

* Westfield is the site of the official county memorial, which is located in Echo Lake Park. It's a large memorial which incorporates steel beams, flagpoles, benches and a garden, to honor the 60 county residents who died on 9/11. There's an eternal flame, and part of the memorial is pentagon-shaped.

* Westfield also has a memorial honoring the 12 town residents who were killed on 9/11. The large green glass monument has all of the victims' names, plus 12 granite pillars dedicated to the town's  victims.

 

Warren County

* White Township is home to the county's 9/11 memorial, at the county administration building. It's a small garden memorial with a plaque listing the names of three county residents who were killed.

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9/11 Memorials: Part Two
9/11 Memorials: Part One
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