September 11 Memorial

September 11 MemorialIt is with sadness that we see the need for a lasting memorial to our fallen countrymen.

It is with pride that we see a finished product worthy of those lost.

It is gratitude we give our community for the outpouring of support and commitment to this project.

It is unity that we, the Freehold Township community, show to the country and the world.

It is deep understanding of the cost of American freedom and our way of life that we recognize.

To those taken from us at the hands of our enemies on September 11, 2001:

The thousands of innocent civilians, the hundreds of heroic rescue personnel from all branches of public service, the servicemen and women, and the countless heroes...

Americans heal, not by forgetting, but by remembering.

It is with this in mind that we dedicate this Memorial.

September 11 MemorialThe Freehold Township community joined together to build a Memorial as a tribute to the men, women and children who perished on September 11, 2001. The Memorial was unveiled at a Dedication Ceremony on Tuesday, September 10, 2002. The Memorial is located at the Municipal Complex, Schanck and Stillwells Corner Roads.

This memorial encompasses all of the events of September 11, 2001. The base of this monument is Pentagon-shaped. Enshrined inside the base are pieces of the World Trade Center. While they are not visible, they are entombed forever as a symbolic final resting place for those victims never recovered. Atop the Pentagon, Ground Zero is represented by a granite circle of 50 gold stars, one for each state. On top of Ground Zero, the twin towers stand forever. Each tower is 9 feet 11 inches tall, carved in black granite.

The 5 sides of the Pentagon are engraved and inlaid in gold. The front face is engraved with the date: September 11, 2001. The other 4 faces are engraved with the flight numbers of the four planes lost that day: United Flights 93 and 175 and American Flights 11 and 77. Mountain Laurels, the Pennsylvania State Flower, are planted on the site to honor the heroes of Flight 93.