"Remembrance and Rebirth"
The Essex County September 11, 2001 Memorial at
Eagle Rock Reservation
Scores of people watched the September
11 attacks on New York City from atop Eagle Rock Reservation
in West Orange, New Jersey. To commemorate this tragic
event and the people who lost their lives, a beautiful
memorial was dedicated on October 20, 2002. The Essex
County memorial overlooks the New York Skyline. The
centerpieces consist of a bronze bald eagle with a
eight foot wing span perched on a tree, a book with
the names of those lost from Essex County, and a girl,
Gabrielle, with a teddy bear. On either side are a
fireman's helmet and a police officer's hat. Off to
the left is a teenage boy holding a lantern and gazing
toward the skyline with the words "Remembrance
and Rebirth" on the pedestal. The concrete barrier
wall was replaced by polished granite with the names
and hometowns of all who were lost in the attacks.
There is also seven dogwood trees along a side path
for each of the four hijacked planes, the Pentagon
and the two World Trade Center Towers.
The Essex County Memorial was designed
and built by sculptor and artist Patrick
Morelli. A resident of nearby Cedar Grove, Patrick
Morelli also created "Behold
", a ten foot sculpture which overlooks the tomb
of Dr. Martin Luther King at the King National Historic
Site in Atlanta, Georgia. He has won awards for including
the National Sculpture Society's Barrett-Cole Foundry
Prize and his work is part of the permanent collection
at the National Gallery of American Art. At the dedication
of the Eagle Rock memorial, Patrick Morelli said "It
is up to us to give meaning to this terrible tragedy"
asking those assembled to select a name from the wall
and perform a good deed in that person's name.
Full scale model
of the memorial issued in press release on December