Eagle Rock Reservation’s 9/11 memorial: A touching tribute overlooking the NYC skyline
Eagle Rock Reservation in Essex County is home to a touching memorial to 9/11 victims and their families – a place where people still gather 21 years later to remember the lives lost in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
The memorial in West Orange overlooks the New York City skyline. It served as a place where residents watched the events unfold on that fateful day and as a place to gather in its aftermath.
The memorial there has a wall of remembrance that spans 120 feet. It is filled with the names of the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost that day.
There are seven trees planted, each of them representing both World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and all four of the flights that were hijacked. Each tree has a permanent plaque that reads, "May the world always reflect on their bravery and never forget their sacrifice for our freedom. May those of us left behind find comfort from our sorrow."
There are also tributes to the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives that day. At the center of it all is an eagle made from bronze and spanning 8 feet wide – and a statue of a girl holding a teddy bear, representing the more than 1,000 children who lost a parent, brother, sister, grandparent, or family member that day.