Liberty State Park: Empty Sky


Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! This is a special post in remembrance of the victims of the 9-11 terror attacks.


Empty Sky is New Jersey’s State Memorial to its victims of the September 11th attacks. It is in Liberty State Park on the waterfront, directly across from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. If you stand in the center of the western end, the empty sky framed by the walls of the memorial are where the Twin Towers once stood.


The walls are meant to symbolize the towers laying on their sides and are inscribed with the names of New Jersey’s 746 victims. The memorial was completed and dedicated on the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9-11.


I have visited this place many times since April of 2014, and taken better quality photos than these. But the first one from that day, of my daughter alone in the memorial reaching out to touch the names, best conveys to me the sadness that I feel when I stand here.

May the departed rest in peace and may their children go on to make the world a better place.

Location: 1 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Designation: State Memorial

Date designation declared: 9/10/2011

Date of my visit: 4/26/2014



16 thoughts on “Liberty State Park: Empty Sky

  1. mvobsession

    Beautiful post. I too focused on this memorial on my post for today. It’s an awesome and sobering reminder of that tragic day 9/11.

    1. Also, I’m not sure about the neighborhood between exchange place and the Park. I lived in Jersey City for a fee years in the 80s and didn’t venture over to this side of town, though I don’t think the Park and all the businesses were there back then.

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