Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

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The official New Jersey September 11 memorial to the state’s victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States

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 749 victims’ names from the State of New Jersey face one another on the interior elevations of the twin brushed stainless steel walls.  A granite passage is oriented to face the site where the twin towers stood.

A few yards from a walkway leading to the memorial are two rusted steel beams that were once part of the imposing towers of the World Trade Center that dominated the Manhattan skyline.

Mark Rosenberg was a young man in his 20’s that lived in my town.

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26 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past

  1. I had no idea this memorial even existed, but it is beautiful. Very moving. Your first photo does the memorial and the mood justice. I knew someone who worked at the WTC but did not go into work that day.


  2. thanks for sharing this, Lisa. I hope to see it in person, but will enjoy this for now. and great idea to have the rusty beams. and did you know Mark?


      • we saw a movie – think it was like a hallmark one – low budget but done very well….
        and it was about one of the young guys who died – not sure if it was your mark – but now I am curious.
        well he was in his dad’s office when the attack occurred.
        so sad.


  3. Oh, this is amazing. Where, exactly, is the memorial? Being raised a New Jersey girl, I definitely want to visit this beautiful, sad, and respectful remembering place soon.


  4. 😦 It’s not easy to describe haw these captures make me feel. It’s a beautiful memorial and your takes are exquisite. They honour the victims. May they rest in peace.


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