The "Empty Skies Memorial" celebration on Saturday, September 10, 2011 was not about politics, although the words of past and future governors, state officials and presidential remarks were of considerable comfort to the many families and friends that still suffer the loss of irreplaceable loved ones. New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie speech melted the intense crowd when he spoke of the many hand holding memories that could never be in lives of spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends due the absence of the victims who played a very vital role in making these memories. Governor Christie seemed to speak with a sincere heart that was in direct collation with his approval to provide state funding for the project.
After the speeches were done, the families anxiously walked towards the monument walls marked in recognition of victims who became heroes by no choice of their own. `They have become the pride of New Jersey and the hopes of a stronger, safer America. Through their loss of life, The U.S. Homeland Security has become a known agency of greater vigilance and security. It has become proactive in addressing threats and suspicions that might make Americans susceptible to homeland terrorism. We can all say that since that day, our lives have never been the same. Designed by architect Frederic Schwartz, along with Jessica Jamroz, the $12 million memorial includes twin walls, transecting a "gently sloped mound anchored by a granite path that is directed across the waters toward Ground Zero. The memorial was paid for by a $7 million grant from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, $4 million from the state and $1 million from the New Jersey Building Authority Not far away, a piece of damaged steel from the Twin Towers wreckage sits nearby. The length of each wall was be the same as one side of the former World Trade Center towers, and the proportion of the walls was also be a symbolic representation of the buildings as if they were lying on their sides. The names of the 745 victims from the State of New Jersey will face one another, and the position of the two walls will focus the view of visitors to the spot where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. On the day before the tenth anniversary of the attacks, this commemoration was done where the monuments now sit at New Jersey's Liberty State Park, along the Hudson River, across from Ground Zero. The design was chosen by unanimous vote of the Families and Survivors Memorial Committee. The memorial now dedicated to New Jersey's "746 innocent loved ones who were brutally and futilely murdered that day at the World Trade Center as well as in 1993, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA. The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation has stated that" the goal of this memorial is to "reflect the legacies of those whose lives were lost, that their unfulfilled dreams and hopes may result in a better future for society. James C. Cahill, of West Caldwell, said his son, a municipal bond broker, would be pleased by the random placement of the names, without regard to alphabet, age, background or employer. By chance, Scott 's name is right across from that of his work partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. Cahill predicted that visitors would be drawn in as they discovered the names of people they knew personally or through news stories. Cahill said his son "would love that." Some of the other family victims expressed how important this was to them, even more important than the New York Memorial service that was to take place tomorrow on 9/11/2011. It was said that it was something from "home" that brought comfort. The pain and loss could still be seen by the families who mourned even on this day. They were given white sheets of paper and a number of the name location of their loved one along with a piece of coal that allowed them to engrave the lettering from the wall. "I Declare War" on American soil. This was done by the element of surprise. Who ever thought that massive destruction could be done again by an enemy here on American soil? May we never have our guards down again. May the blue skies of America remain empty of terrorism.