Rebirth and Rememberance, Statue and Lantern, 9-11 Memorial

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Statues and Such Group, Sep 17, 2012
Featured in Disability and Beauty for Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day, 11-Nov-2012

This photo was taken at Eagle Rock Lookout in West Orange NJ. This statue is called Rebirth and Rememberance and is facing the NYC skyline. I go to Eagle Rock Lookout every 9-11 for the memorial service they have, as I stood at Eagle Rock Lookout on that fateful day in Sept 2001 and saw the smoke billowing up from where the twin towers had stood.

Eagle Rock Reservation is a 408.33-acre tract of wooded land located in the central section of Essex County on the crest of Watchung’s First Mountain. The reservation is primarily undeveloped, and is laced with bridle paths and hiking trails. Lookout Point provides visitors with a spectacular view of the New York skyline.

After 9-11 people gathered at the lookout almost every morning with flowers, candles and tributes to people they had lost in the tragedy. I actually have photos taken in April 2002 of those make shift memorials. Because we are the first mountain after NYC – and we are only 20 minutes out of NYC, we felt very effected by the tragedy and many families came there to remember and mourn. Due to this, Essex County determined to honor and remember and assist these families and built the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial park, which is a gorgeous thing to behold, with statues, memorial stones, and every year on 9-11 a service takes place almost all day to remember. A classical music quartet plays music and people walk around quietly with flowers. Every part is precious and a marvelous tribute – the wall of rememberance has every name of every person lost in all the 9-11 attacks. There is a memorial to the police officers, the fireman, the pilots and airline personnel, the first aid EMS personnel, and a steel and concrete artifact from the World Trade Center.

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