“Empty Sky” Memorial to 9/11 Victims
Located in Jersey City's Liberty State Park and near the historic Central Railroad Terminal of New Jersey, Empty Sky is the official State of New Jersey's Memorial honoring the memory of 749 New Jersey lives lost at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and those on Flight 93 who perished in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001.
Names are placed randomly on twin brushed stainless steel walls that point toward Ground Zero. Individuals' names (4 inches tall) are within reach and engraved deep enough for hand rubbing. The walls are 210 feet long, the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. They rise 30 feet, standing parallel to each other with a 12-foot wide paved path of bluestone between them.
The memorial, designed by Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011. Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. Steel beams from the World Trade Center towers are placed just outside the west end of the memorial. The walls direct visitors to the spot in the Manhattan skyline where the former World Trade Center towers once stood. The Empty Sky memorial invites visitors to literally and metaphorically look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community.