By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Some heavy hearts at Eagle Rock Reservation this morning. Family members who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 shared their stories. Susan Rossinow’s husband Norman died that day.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Norman Rossinow. I carry your memory with me in my heart,” she said.
All of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims are engraved on the memorial, including 57 Essex County residents.
“I wanted to do something special so that we never forget. I wanted to so do something special so that the family members could come up here and remember their loved ones,” said Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.
The memorial has become a special gathering place for the community. But for families who lost loved ones whose remains were never found, this place is sacred.
“Eagle Rock is not a cemetery, but it acts like as a cemetery,” said Donald Robertson who lost a child on 9/11. “You can come here. You can reflect, you can pray, you can do whatever you want.”
Also honored, the crew of United Airlines Flight 93 and first responders.
“We stand here and we recognize the courage of men and women in uniform, as the sheriff said, who went into buildings when others were running out,” said Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Gov. Chris Christie marked the emotional anniversary at One World Trade Center in New York City this morning.
In Ridgewood, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono participated in the second annual 9/11 Remembrance Run organized by Fairview Police Chief Frank Del Vecchio.
“That’s why I’m here. I’m here to run with Frank, to celebrate our democracy, to celebrate our first responders, our police and fire and obviously to remember all of the lives that were lost 12 years ago,” Buono said.
And at a solemn ceremony in Newark, Mayor Cory Booker issued a call to action.
“If anything, that day showed us, it showed us that freedom will never be secure. It takes constant, unyielding vigilance,” Booker said.
And that message resonates with a nation grappling with new threats and old wounds.