Empty Sky, 9/11 Memorial

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You can probably remember exactly where you were, what you were doing and who you were with when the news that forever changed our country’s history came out on 9/11. Each year as September 11th passes by we reflect on the inhumane event that occurred 15 years ago. While we know the story of the attack on the World Trade Center, most of our children may be curious and confused as they weren’t even born yet.

Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City

The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City is dedicated to New Jersey’s 749 innocent lives that were taken on September 11th, 2001. Talking about the attack on our country may be difficult, emotional and hard to explain to your children. They may keep asking why this happened or not understand that something like this could happen. Taking your little ones to Empty Sky Memorial serves dual purposes as you can pay respect to those who were tragically lost while educating your children on a significant part of our past.

Set on the Hudson River in Jersey City, Empty Sky creates a pathway for the eye to look out at the Manhattan skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. The memorial has two stainless steel walls that bear the names of the 749 New Jersey citizens lost during 9/11. The lengths of these walls are precisely equal to one side of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers while the heights are proportionate to the measurements of the buildings laying side by side. The Empty Sky Memorial effortlessly links New Jersey to Ground Zero forever connecting those lost with the power of their community.

The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation

The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization started to raise money for a physical monument open to the public as we see today with Empty Sky. Additionally, with future funds the foundation seeks to hold events or programs associated with the memorial as well as ensure the upkeep of it. Today, the organization’s successes can already be seen in the beautiful commemoration of those lost through the Empty Sky monument. Donations to the foundation are accepted via the memorial website and will help in honoring the loved ones we lost.

The effects of the events on September 11th, 2001 can still be felt today and will leave a lasting impact on all of us forever. However, The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial offers a remarkable place to reflect and remember. It showcases our strength and sense of community in a humble fashion. Empty Sky is a special place that every New Jersey resident should visit. For more information on the memorial or to contribute donations please visit their website.

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Abby Jurgens is a student at Villanova University majoring in Communications and minoring in Creative Writing and Spanish. She lives in Bergen County, NJ with her parents and older sister. Although she is in love with her hometown of Wyckoff and enjoys dining at Café Amici there, Abby also loves going to Cape May every summer with her family and eating at Panico’s. While at home in Wyckoff, you can find Abby playing sports with friends, listening to country music, and helping her mom in the kitchen. Family is very important to her and she loves any minute she gets to spend with all of her relatives. She also loves to read and write because everyone’s words are so different and unique; she loves hearing the way people use their voices.

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