Port Imperial Hudson Riverfront 9/11 Memorial
September 11, 2001 is a day that America will always remember because of the terrorist attacks that changed our nation forever. To honor the people that lost their lives in this tragedy, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum was built at the original World Trade Center site in New York City. But there are also other 9/11 memorials across the country too, including the Hudson Riverfront 9/11 Memorial near Port Imperial.
Here is some information about the Hudson River 9/11 Memorial and what you can expect when you visit this New Jersey 9/11 memorial to pay your respects.
Significance of the Hudson Riverfront 9/11 Memorial
This site is significant because it is where approximately 60,000 people were evacuated to from Manhattan via ferry. The evacuated victims received food, water, and medical attention here to help them survive after the attack.
The construction of this 9/11 memorial features two tridents that were recovered from the World Trade Center. They are arranged standing upright in an infinity pool and by a fountain. The beams were part of the support system for the towers and are about eight feet wide, 30 feet long, and 50,000 pounds in weight. These are two of the 13 tower tridents that survived the 9/11 attacks. There is also a plaque here that lists the local Weehawken residents who lost their lives to the September 11, 2001 attack.
The memorial was unveiled in a 2011 ceremony that drew a crowd of about 200 people on a gray and rainy morning. State and local officials spoke at the dedication ceremony to recount their memories of that horrific day and to read the names of the Weehawken residents who did not survive the attacks.
Why Visit This 9/11 Memorial in New Jersey
The people of Port Imperial were deeply affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Hudson Riverfront 9/11 Memorial is a way to honor the region’s role in helping victims and to remember those who died from the tragedy. Today, this Port Imperial-area site has become a local attraction and a peaceful place to reflect upon the past, present, and future. You’ll have calming views of the river and New York’s Midtown area from here without large tourist crowds to distract your thoughts.
This 9/11 memorial is free to visit and accessible 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Location of This New Jersey 9/11 Memorial
The Hudson Riverfront 9/11 Memorial is located at 1300 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken, New Jersey. It’s right on the waterfront of the Hudson River and near the Port Imperial Marina. This 9/11 memorial in New Jersey is also just a short walk away from our Port Imperial properties. From our 1100 Avenue at Port Imperial property, for example, it’s a two-minute walk to the memorial via Avenue at Port Imperial and East Columbia Terrace.
There are walkways leading up to the 9/11 memorial and that lead to the nearby dog park and Days Point. For parking, there is a lot at the Port Imperial Marina and limited street parking along East Columbia Terrace.
Other Nearby 9/11 Memorial Sites to Visit
As a Port Imperial resident, you are also near other 9/11 memorial sites that are worth visiting too. Empty Sky is another New Jersey 9/11 memorial located at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. This 9/11 memorial in New Jersey is dedicated to the 749 innocent people in the state who died from the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Empty Sky features long walls that are each the same length as one side of the former World Trade Center Towers, and the names of the loved ones lost are printed on the walls so that they’ll always be remembered.
Meanwhile, the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Plaza and Museum in NYC are accessible from Port Imperial via ferry service, bus routes, and PATH rail. As you travel around the country you can visit 9/11 Memorial sites in many different cities and states to learn about the local impacts of the historic terrorist attacks and how they affected the people of our entire nation.