North Bergen’s annual 9/11 ceremony will take place at a new location this year, with a new memorial to be unveiled.
According to the township, a new park has been built on the east side of Boulevard East at 79th Street on county land facing New York City. The park features a monument in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, built of polished American black granite.
The public is invited to the ceremony and unveiling at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. The event is jointly sponsored by the Township of North Bergen and the County of Hudson, courtesy of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, and Hudson County Commissioner Chairman Anthony Vainieri.
Vainieri, also the Chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, told the Hudson Reporter the memorial would consist of two 12.5 feet tall granite towers, and would also see the addition of benches, and new landscaping in the park area. The county is also renovating the stone walls already at the site and adding new pavers among other improvements.
“It was an existing area off Boulevard East that was not utilized for anything,” Vainieri said. “We cleaned it up, put pavers down, made it nicer for a view to the city. That’s where we put our 9/11 memorial.”
The names of 156 residents from Hudson County who died in the terrorist attacks on that day will be etched on the memorial, alongside quotes from public figures, and impressions of people’s reactions to the attacks. While the memorial is being installed in time for the 21st anniversary of 9/11, it was something that the county wanted to do for some time.
“We always wanted to do it,” Vainieri said. “We just couldn’t find the place or we couldn’t find the money. There were other things that were being developed in the park at previous times. We were waiting for the right time and it just happened.”
The project is being financed by $650,000 in county capital project funds and some grants. Construction began in August and is anticipated to be completed in time for the unveiling on September 11.
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