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    New York/New Jersey Collaborate in Tribute to 9/11


    Fellow iReporter, Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere "sjunat55" and I decided to collaborate and pay tribute by photographing a September 11th Memorial - he, in New York and I, in New Jersey.  The attached set of photos is what we came up with.


    "Rebirth and Remembrance" by Patrick Morelli
    West Orange, New Jersey


    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 neighboring 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.


    "Postcards" by Masayuki Sono
    Staten Island, New York


    Staten Island was one of the hardest hit communities on September 11, 2001, losing nearly 270 loved ones in the terrorist attacks on New York City that day.  As a result, Staten Island wanted its own memorial, a place for the loved ones of the victims to mourn and reflect, and a place for all visitors to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.


    Painter and architect, Masayuki Sono’s design, "Postcards" was selected from nearly 200 submissions. The solemn, yet uplifting design features two thin structures resembling postcards, perhaps sent to lost loved ones. From afar, they appear to be outstretched wings or a flower about to blossom.


    In order to honor the individual lives lost, part of Mr. Sono’s design provides that each Staten Island victim be honored with a 9”x11” granite plaque that will bear their name, birth date and place of work on September 11, 2001, as well as their profile in silhouette.


    The Staten Island September 11th Memorial is located along the North Shore Waterfront Esplanade adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Richmond County Ballpark at St. George. The site provides panoramic views of New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.


    The left photo on the cover was taken by Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere,(sjunat55)  The right photo on the cover was taken by me, Lulis Leal (JoyfulGypsy)
    Photos 2 - 5  by  Lulis Leal (JoyfulGypsy)
    Photos 6 - 9 by Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere (sjunat55)

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