The 9/11 Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation is located off of Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange, New Jersey. Although the entrance is located in West Orange, the reservation is spread through West Orange, Montclair, and Verona. The large memorial consists of eight important parts: a bronze bald eagle on top of a tree with its wings spread open, a bronze statue of a boy holding a lantern, facing the skyline, a plaque that reads, “Remembrance and Rebirth,” a bronze book with the names of all the deceased victims from Essex County, a granite wall engraved with all the names of the deceased serves as a barrier for the edge of the scenic overlook, a bronze statue of a little girl holding a teddy bear, two bronze replicas of a fireman’s helmet and a police officer’s hat, and seven dogwood trees that line a path for walkers to admire.
The thing that struck me most about this monument was the location. The view of the skyline from this spot is absolutely breathtaking. It is also very touching to see all the names of the people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
This monument made me realize that it is just one of the many things that bind us all together as being American.