The City of Hoboken held a memorial service for September 11th attacks this Wednesday at Pier A Park with a view of the newly constructed Freedom Tower for the 12th Anniversary of the event that changed America forever at least in some ways. Local clergy and political dignitaries such as former Senator Kenny, Freeholder Romano and Mayor Dawn Zimmer. Below are some photos of this moving tribute to the fallen on that fateful day.
Brad Miller, a Hoboken resident who witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 first hand has this raw video that he would like to share with readers of TheBoken.com. Yesterday was an off day for TheBoken.com’s editor as I took the day of to reflect on the meaning of the events that occurred 11 years ago yesterday and the impact it had on the world and my life going forward. Warning: the events of this tragic day may contain content that is too much to bear for some readers.
Video – Unfiltered 9/11 Footage Hoboken, NJ & Manhattan – Brad Miller Hoboken, NJ:
From the City of Hoboken a memorial service for the victims of 9/11 tomorrow at 6:30pm at Pier A Park…
HOBOKEN TO HOST ANNUAL SEPTEMBER 11TH INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE
The Hoboken community will come together to share in its annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation. Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.
The service will take place on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm. on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001. All are invited to attend.
Over at Pier A Park in Hoboken you can see the new proposed design for the Hoboken September 11th memorial which will pay tribute to the 57 residents of Hoboken who perished in that tragedy. The renderings are located in the same area where the former temporary “tear drop” memorial was located in the grove of trees near the entrance of the park.
TheBoken reader Greg Bond sent in this Video “Tribute to Light” of the new World Trade Center shot on the evening of 9-11-2011 using time lapse techniques. Here is his intro to the video and the video embedded below:
“Ten years ago I was walking down 6th Ave in Manhattan when I saw the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Not long afterwards I saw the second plane hit the South Tower. In the decade since then, I’ve been unable to come to terms with what took place that day. It was simply too immense. The death of so many innocent people. The destruction of two towering landmarks that I saw every day.
For me, the Tribute in Light is a haunting and beautiful memorial to not just those who perished that day, but also to the two towers themselves.
This is a time lapse movie taken of the Tribute in Light the night of September 11th, 2011. For those viewing the tribute from Hoboken’s Pier A where I made the movie, the lights appeared to be partly obscured by motionless, low clouds. But the time lapse reveals a more dramatic and dynamic view. At times the clouds swirling around the towers unsettling-ly evoke the moments before the towers fell. At other times, however, the clouds brighten and shine, and the towers rise heavenwards. “
Last night the NFL had a special tribute to kick off the NY Jets Dallas Cowboys game that started at 8:20 PM last night. A Marine played taps from Pier A on a live feed overlooking the World Trade Center Site. Below is the video of that brief performance from Pier A.
Last night at 6pm, Hoboken held its 10th Annual September 11th Memorial service to a very large crowd on Pier A Park. In attendance were various members of the local clergy and politicians such as US Senator Bob Menendez, US Senator Frank Lautenberg, Congressman Albio Sires, members of the Hoboken City Council, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and former Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts just to name a few of the dignitaries.
Many members of the clergy shared inspirational readings from various passages in the Bible, Torah and Quran. US Congressman Albio Sires gave an emotional speech about how he was asked the night of 9/11/2001 if a couple’s son from Cantor Fitzgerald was alive or not to which the Congressman had no answer at the time. Understandably, it was difficult for the Congressman to get through his speech without showing great emotion given the sense of powerlessness he expressed in his speech about that day.
Mayor Zimmer thanked all those who helped out for this memorial and remarked how the event renewed her interest in a yearning for a strong community. Dave Roberts who was Hoboken Mayor at the time gave a nice short speech commending all those who were helpful to others on that tragic day and used a reference to the movie Saving Private Ryan that we should use as a takeaway to try and live a good life.
This was the biggest memorial in my recent memory. Hopefully we can move forward with a renewed understanding but the pain will still be there for many.
Here is the list of the 57 residents of Hoboken that lost their lives on 9/11/201:
Before the ceremony a very large crowd sets up early:
9-11-2011 Memorial Hoboken Pier A Park Photos:
Mayor Dawn Zimmer at September 11th Memorial Service 9-11-2011:
Former Mayor Dave Roberts Speaks at 9-11-2011 Memorial:
Here is a TheBoken exclusive for you with respect to a bunch of photos of the World Trade Center site taken in July and on September 11th of this year:
Mayor Dawn Zimmer has shared with TheBoken photos she took in late July and today of Ground Zero. The Mayor got a tour of the construction site of the memorial and 1 WTC in late July and took some amazing photos. Additionally, today she was invited to the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City. Mayor Zimmer posted the following story on Facebook from her journey to memorial:
” I met up with a Hoboken mother and her friend on the PATH. They are clearly forever connected by their annual visit to the WTC after 9/11 and a wedding that had been planned for the Saturday after 9/11. They proudly showed me photos of the young couple and talked of the wedding that sadly never happened.”
Some highlights from the 9/11/2011 memorial service camera phone photos taken by Mayor Zimmer :
The Memorial Site
President Obama, the First Lady and Former President Bush at the Memorial Site.
Full Gallery from Mayor Zimmer 9/11/201:
Some highlights from construction tour from Mayor Dawn Zimmer back in July 2011:
View of the Memorial from the 71st floor of 1 WTC. The Mayor tells us she leaned out to take this amazing photo.
Mayor Zimmer on top of new Freedom Tower
Memorial Under Construction
Important retaining wall that survived 9/11 Attack if it didn’t, lower NYC would have been flooded.
Full gallery from construction tour for Mayor Dawn Zimmer back in July 2011:
Here is a reminder about tonight’s September 11th Interfaith Service on the waterfront at Pier A…
Community: Hoboken to Host Annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service
The Hoboken community will come together to share in its Annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial Service for the victims, their families, the City of Hoboken, and the entire nation. This year’s theme will be “A Time To Come Together, A Time To Remember.” Fifty seven Hoboken residents were lost on September 11, 2001.
The service will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 6:00 pm. The Hoboken Clergy Coalition, various community organizations, and elected officials, including Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, former Hoboken Mayor David Roberts, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, and Congressman Albio Sires, will share in this remembrance on the southeast corner of Hoboken’s Pier A Park – the site of a makeshift memorial on September 11, 2001.