Even 20 years later, you can probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news about the tragic events of 9/11. While it will always remain an unforgettable day for us, our children only know the story of the attack on the World Trade Center from the classroom or maybe a passing news report or social media post. A visit to the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City may help to offer greater insight and understanding to your kids while giving moms a chance to reflect and pay their respects to the many lives lost on that heartbreaking day in 2001.
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Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City
Set on the Hudson River in Jersey City, the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial is dedicated to the 749 New Jersey residents who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Two stainless steel walls, bearing the victims’ names, create a pathway for the eye to look out at the Manhattan skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. The length of these walls is equal to one side of the former World Trade Center Towers, while the height is proportionate to the measurements of the buildings laying side by side. A grassy terrace and weeping cherry trees surround the walls, creating a beautiful and serene landscape with panoramic views of New York City. The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial is a lasting tribute that provides a link between New Jersey and Ground Zero and a place to join together as a family and a community.
The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to raise funds for creating the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial, which opened to the public in 2011. It now serves to defray the cost of events and programs and ensure the monument’s upkeep. The all-volunteer foundation board consists of family members who lost a loved one during the attacks. Every dollar raised goes directly to the cause with no administrative fees. Donations to the foundation are accepted via the memorial website and help honor the loved ones lost on 9/11.
Upcoming events at Empty Sky Memorial
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, there will be events all weekend. This year’s remembrance ceremony at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial will be on September 11 at 2 PM. The next day, you and the kids can participate in a 5K—the Empty Sky Memorial 5K Run/Walk will begin at 10 AM on September 12, rain or shine. It’s a great chance to spend the day together as a family while doing something meaningful. Register for the event here. If you can’t make it to race day, sign up for the virtual 5K run/walk, and get your steps in walking around the block or on your treadmill anytime during September.
Though many lives were senselessly lost, their stories and legacies live on through the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial. For more information on the memorial or contributing, visit the foundation on their website, Facebook or Twitter.
The Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
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