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Sep 10, 2021

9/11 Monument at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

By Lori Draz

As Monmouth County commemorates the somber 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, many are drawn to spiritual sites to remember the victims, fallen heroes and their families. Monmouth County lost 147 people that day, and one of the most moving tributes is the 9/11 Monument at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands. 

The spectacular and humbling monument is located on the Atlantic Highlands overlook on the highest natural elevation on the Atlantic seaboard. From that spot, 266 feet above sea level, this moving testimony is back dropped by beautiful views of Sandy Hook, Raritan Bay and the New York skyline.  

The 9/11 Memorial has three symbolic components: a timeline walkway that follows the minute-by-minute events of the day; a stone base with the carved names, ages and hometowns of the county residents who lost their lives; and the centerpiece is a magnificent statue of an eagle flying away from Ground Zero while clutching a gnarled beam from one of the fallen towers in its talons.

The eagle statue was created by acclaimed artist Franco Minervini who also recently completed a statue at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury. 

The Monument Project began in 2002 as the work of the Monmouth County 9/11 Committee.  

The Timeline Walkway details the minute-by-minute horrors we all witnessed on the day. 

  • 7:30 am – A beautiful September morning
  • 8:00 am – American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston
  • 8:14 am – United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston
  • 8:21 am – American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington Dulles Airport
  • 8:42 am – United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark
  • 8:46 am – Flight 11 hits the North Tower of the World Trade Center
  • 9:03 am – Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center
  • 9:37 am – Flight 77 hits the Pentagon
  • 9:59 am – South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses
  • 10:06 am – Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
  • 10:10 am – Portion of the Pentagon collapses
  • 10:29 am – North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses

     

This is a truly beautiful, tranquil spot to reflect on the great freedoms that were challenged on that day. As so many have said, we will never forget, and a visit to Mt. Mitchell is a perfect place to remember. 

The 9/11 Monument at Mount Mitchill is located at 460 Ocean Blvd. in Atlantic Highlands.