The Empty Sky Memorial is the official New Jersey 9/11 memorial located at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Let’s take a look.

Empty Sky Memorial

I had seen pictures of Empty Sky Memorial on Instagram over the past few years and made a mental note that I wanted to stop by and visit it with my kids. It’s different that any of the other memorials that we’ve seen, and despite the fact of the sober reminder of what it represents, it’s really beautiful. There was a design competition with 320 entries received, and this was chosen by unanimous vote from the Families and Survivors Memorial Committee, and it’s no wonder. Paying homage to victims of both the 1993 World Trade Center attack, and the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, its goal 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. Their unique qualities and characteristics enriched our lives immeasurably and through this memorial, their stories live on.”

The memorial features twin walls with a path that leads towards a view of Ground Zero, and the walls are exactly 1,776 tall, a nod to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The two thirty-foot towers are the exact width of the World Trade Center Towers, and the names of the victims are etched into the stainless steel. The name, “Empty Sky” comes from a Springsteen song of the same name where he sang about the empty sky where the towers once stood.

Empty Sky Memorial

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Christmas Day {2018}

by Cate on January 2, 2019

For Christmas Day, we always celebrate at my parents’ house. Our tradition is we convene there in the morning, have Dunkin’ Donuts (I have NO idea how that tradition started, but we’ve been doing it for a good ten years), open presents, and then have our “big meal.” Happy organized chaos in the best possible sense. I beg for two “traditional” pictures every year … one of the kids at the glass door, waiting to be let in to the living room to open their presents, and one in front of the Christmas tree before they start opening all their goodies.

Christmas Day 2018

Christmas Day 2018
*my parents tree

Christmas Day 2018
*our tree

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‘Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas {2018}

December 25, 2018

My kids are with their Dad on Christmas Eve, so since it used to be my holiday to host my family, I switched a few years ago and host Christmas Eve Eve instead. Truth be told, I don’t celebrate Christmas Eve at all anymore. It’s just not the same without my kids here. I sometimes […]

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Thanksgiving Photos in Review {2018}

December 3, 2018

*When these Halloween masks went on sale for 90% off, I went to many stores to amass a small collection, and it was seriously worth the entire $27 I spent. Print it!

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Recipe: Humble Pie

November 19, 2018

A delicious, creamy Peanut Butter Pie that is perfect for your Thanksgiving table … or to celebrate the every day. I have seriously been an awful blogger later, and for that, I apologize. It seems like ever since I quit my “day job” nearly three years ago, my routine is non-existent. Mostly because it is. […]

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