The Union County September 11 Memorial in Echo Lake Park honors the memory of all those affected by the attacks. It includes two girders from the World Trade Center (rear). A special ceremony will be held at the Memorial on Sunday, September 11 starting at 1:00 p.m. in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the attacks. To affirm the community values of service and giving, the New York Blood Center will hold a blood donation drive nearby from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (photo: Jim Lowney/County of Union).
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a special ceremony to honor the memory of the 60 Union County residents killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the event. The ceremony will be held at the Union County September 11th Memorial in Echo Lake Park, in Mountainside, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.
In conjunction with the ceremony, the New York Blood Center will conduct a blood drive near the Memorial from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“We hope that the donation of blood – literally giving part of oneself for the sake of a perfect stranger – will be an experience that helps to knit the Union County community more closely together on the anniversary of this tragic day, strengthens our respect for all life, and reaffirms the value we place on freedom and liberty as universal human rights,” said Alexander Mirabella, Vice Chairman of the Freeholder Board.
The Union County September 11th Memorial is located near the Springfield Avenue entrance of Echo Lake Park on the border of Mountainside and Springfield. Dedicated on September 13, 2003, it was constructed through private donations including in-kind work by labor unions and materials at cost.
The names of the 60 deceased Union County residents are etched into the memorial. The memorial also honors all those affected in the multiple attacks, through design elements that include two girders from the World
Trade Center arranged within a five-sided area representing the Pentagon, and an Eternal Flame representing those who died in Pennsylvania.
The Eternal Flame also honors the members of the Armed Services and emergency responders.
In addition to the ceremony at the Memorial, Echo Lake Park will host a display of 343 American flags from Friday, September 9 through Monday, September 12, 2011. The display is sponsored by the Union County Fire Chiefs’ Association to memorialize the 343 New York City firefighters who perished at the World Trade Center, and to honor the legacy of service that all firefighters continue to practice.
The Freeholder Board worked with residents of Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, Union, and Westfield in planning and building the Union County September 11th Memorial.
Union County residents killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001:
Patrick Murphy, Berkeley Heights
Scott Hazelcorn, Berkeley Heights
James A. Nelson, Clark
Gregory Milanowycz, Cranford
Thomas Michael Regan, Cranford
Robert Henry Lynch, Cranford
Christopher Michael Grady, Cranford
Dean Philip Eberling, Cranford
Leonard Joseph Snyder, Jr., Cranford
Arcelia Castillo, Elizabeth
Carlos S. DaCosta, Elizabeth
Colleen Laura Fraser, Elizabeth
Margaret Susan Lewis, Elizabeth
Frankie Serrano, Elizabeth
Anthony Tempesta, Elizabeth
Robert Kaulfers, Kenilworth
John J. Tobin, Kenilworth
Wanda Anita Green, Linden
Anthony Infante, Mountainside
William Tselepis, Jr., New Providence
Gerard J. Coppola, New Providence
Richard A. Dunstan, New Providence
Michael Gogliormella, New Providence
Robert Wayne Hobson, III, New Providence
Susan D. Murray, New Providence
Tyrone May, Rahway
Manette Marie Beckles, Rahway
Mark Stephen Carney, Rahway
John G. Ueltzhoeffer, Roselle Park
Matthew Horning, Scotch Plains
Mark Rothenberg, Scotch Plains
James Walsh, Scotch Plains
JoAnn L. Heltibridle, Springfield
Lee Adler, Springfield
Thomas R. Clark, Summit
James Lee Connor, Summit
Kevin Raymond Crotty, Summit
Thomas I. Glasser, Summit
Robert A. Lawrence, Jr., Summit
A. Todd Rancke, Summit
Clive “Ian” Thompson, Summit
David Brian Brady, Summit
Mark Bruce, Summit
Robert Alan Hepburn, Union
Edward Calderon, Union
Khalid M. Shahid, Union
Charles Karczewski, Union
Brian Frederic Goldberg, Union
Thomas J. Fisher, Union
Wing-Wai Ching, Union
Bella Bhukhan, Union
Wayne Alan Russo, Union
Andrew J. Alameno, Westfield
Michael A. Davidson, Westfield
Stephen Mark Fogel, Westfield
Leo Russell Keene, III, Westfield
Richard B. Madden, Westfield
John “Pepe” Salerno, Jr., Westfield
See-Wong Shum, Westfield
Anthony Starita, Westfield
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