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Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo speaks at the county's annual remembrance ceremony on September 11, 2018. (Photo: New Jersey Globe.)

Essex 9/11 ceremony will be held remotely

By David Wildstein, August 31 2020 11:25 am

Essex County’s annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania will be held remotely and livestreamed this year, County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced today.

“The events of September 11th changed our lives, just as the Coronavirus,” DiVincenzo said.  “Even though we are still living with this pandemic, it is important that we continue to remember those who lost their lives.”

DiVincenzo was the driving force behind the development and construction of the Essex County September 11th Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, which has a view of lower Manhattan.  A 7,400-pound steel and concrete artifact from the original World Trade Center that was personally selected by DiVincenzo is on display there.

“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,” DiVincenzo stated. “Our September 11th 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.”

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