Families who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001 arrived yesterday for a memorial service at the Empty Sky 9/11 memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City—directly across the Hudson from the World Trade Center site. Yet once they got there, all they found was an empty park.
The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group that formed to help raise money to get the memorial built, said late yesterday it canceled the event for a number of reasons, including a lack of interest. Empty Sky is the official state memorial that was dedicated in 2011, for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
In a response to people at the memorial who were angry that they weren’t notified of the cancellation, the group’s Facebook page said that “It is very difficult for us to get in touch with the family members when the state is not directly involved.”
Reached by phone, an official who wasn’t authorized to speak for the group, said part of the reason for the cancellation was that Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t going to attend and musicians scheduled to perform also backed out.
Read more at NJ.com.