April 2002 Sunrise At Eagle Rock Lookout - Home made Memorials to 9-11 Photo 1

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Eagle Rock Reservation is a 408.33-acre tract of wooded land located in the central section of Essex County NJ 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 of the area gathered at Eagle Rock lookout almost every morning with flowers, candles and tributes to people they had lost in the tragedy. This photo and the next one I took in April 2002 around sunrise. I knew I was looking at history with these touching make shift memorials. Because we are the first mountain after NYC – and we are only 20 minutes out of NYC, we all 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 now 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.

I am so glad I got photos of the memorials and tributes made by these families in the first months after 9-11. Like I said, this is a precious piece of history, a sad one of course but part of what has made us who we are today.

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