Hoboken 9/11 Memorial pays tribute to 56 residents lost in the attacks
With One World Trade and the tribute lights as the backdrop, the city of Hoboken held an interfaith memorial service to honor the lives of the 56 Hoboken residents who perished during the Sept. 11 attacks.
Hoboken residents and officials gathered at the site of the Hoboken 9/11 Memorial to remember members of the community whose lives were lost 20 years ago today. “We want to make sure that we cherish their memory, we honor their memory and that their memory is not forgotten,” says Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
Hoboken resident Peter Morgan worked in the south tower and was late to work that morning, and he says that was a day he'll never forget. “By the time I'd made it to our building, the tower that first imploded, and I knew instantly that they hadn't gotten everybody out in time.”
Twenty years later and Morgan still chokes up talking about his experience that day. He stresses the importance of telling the stories of 9/11 and the days after to future generations. “If you don't know history, you're bound to repeat it or let it happen again, so they need to know it. But it's also really important to honor all the people who that day just got up went to work not thinking anything was going to happen and were lost, and then all of the people who after them came along and really made the effort to protect the country, as well as they have for the last couple of decades.”
The Hoboken 9/11 Memorial is in the direct view of One World Trade and the two beams of light. The memorial includes a glass panel for each of the 56 Hoboken residents lost on Sept. 11, and each panel is engraved with a name. It lights up at night, a constant reminder of the members of this community gone too soon.