Each of the last 10 years, I have gone to Liberty State Park to take pictures of the World Trade Center Tribute in Lights. This year brought something new, the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial.
Empty Sky is the official New Jersey September 11 memorial to New Jersey’s victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States. It is located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City at the mouth of Hudson River across from the World Trade Center site. Designed by Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, it was dedicated on Saturday, September 10, 2011, a the day before the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
The memorial includes twin walls, transecting a gently sloped mound anchored by a granite path that is directed toward Ground Zero. Two 30-foot-high rectangular towers stretch 208 feet, 10 inches long — the exact width of the World Trade Center towers, the proportion of the walls a symbolic representation of the buildings as if they were lying on their sides. The name of each of the 746 victims is etched in stainless steel in 4-inch-high letters. A granite passsage is oriented to face the site of the twin towers. The name of the memorial is taken from the Bruce Springsteen song Empty Sky, which is about the “empty sky” where the towers once stood.
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