MOUNTAINSIDE – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is inviting members of the community to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks by visiting the Union County September 11th Memorial this Sept. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.
During this time members of the Honor Guard will be on site presenting the national colors and the public will be able to light candles in memory of those lost in the attacks.
“The members Freeholder Board hope that the September 11th Memorial can serve as a place of reverence and bring the community together to represent hope, strength and, more importantly, freedom,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
The Union County memorial honors those lost in the attacks using design elements that include two girders from the World Trade Center arranged within a five sided area representing the Pentagon, and an Eternal Flame representing those who died in Pennsylvania. The Flame also honors members of the Armed Services and emergency responders.
In addition to these elements, the names of the 60 deceased Union County residents are etched into the memorial.
Dedicated on Sept. 13, 2003, the memorial was constructed through private donations including in-kind work by labor unions and materials at cost.
The Freeholder Board worked with residents of Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, Union and Westfield in planning and building the Memorial.
It is located near the Springfield Avenue entrance of Echo Lake Park on the border of Mountainside and Springfield.
For additional information on the Union County September 11th Memorial, or information on visitation hours, contact the Union County Office of Public Information at 1-877-424-1234 or visit online at www.ucnj.org/9-11-memorial